It sounds like the Zack Wheeler sweepstakes are coming to a close as the 2019 Winter Meetings are approaching on Sunday.
That gives us three teams heavily involved, with the fourth team just being told they were out on the Wheeler sweepstakes.
Earlier this week, it was reported by The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal that the Wheeler sweepstakes had hit the five-year/$100M mark, and that number would continue to rise.
I think the addition of Zack Wheeler to the White Sox would be a nice next step in the rebuild process. Do I think paying him over $20M/year is an overpay? Sure, but above average pitching is so coveted in major league baseball.
Now, if we’re talking exceeding $25M/year and going to a sixth year, I am okay with letting Wheeler go. At some point, you have to draw a line and I would draw the line at five years/$125M.
With the addition of Yasmani Grandal, the White Sox have already shown they are ready to improve by spending money. If they don’t get Wheeler, so what? I believe the front office is determined to add two quality starting pitchers before the start of the 2020 season. It could be any combination of Dallas Kuechel, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Wade Miley, and Alex Wood.
Adding two of those four guys would be a MAJOR improvement to the pitching staff in 2020. Believe me, I would love the combination of age, velocity, and potential that Zack Wheeler possesses. I just think it would behoove the White Sox to allocate the remaining money owner Jerry Reinsdorf wants to spend on multiple pieces, and overpaying for Wheeler might make Jerry stash his checkbook for the rest of the winter.
I also won’t be mad if the White Sox do go over what I am comfortable seeing them give Wheeler. Wheeler would undoubtedly improve the White Sox, but so would the additions of some of the other quality pitchers. That’s why I don’t think it’ll be the end of the world like some will perceive it to be if the White Sox come up short. As long as the White Sox add a right fielder, a bench piece, and two veterans starters, they will be in business. I hope they get Zack Wheeler, but the future is bright on the South Side with or without him.
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