Leading up to the Winter Meetings in San Diego on Sunday night, Zack Wheeler is drawing serious interest. Notably, the Toronto Blue Jays are being mentioned by Ken Rosenthal as a team that has serious interest in the former New York Met starting pitcher.
Ken lists the #BlueJays as among the teams pursuing Zack Wheeler, who's been on their list. Getting to $100m would be a massive departure for this front office, as its largest deals so far are $36m/3 for JA Happ and $33/3 for Kendrys Morales. It did offer EE $80m/4 though. https://t.co/8RCEcF93E7
— Shi Davidi (@ShiDavidi) December 3, 2019
According to reporters that cover the team like Davidi above, the team is interested in adding two starting pitchers this off-season. Obviously, Wheeler is of a little greater magnitude than that of the names mentioned out there. For instance, they already traded for Chase Anderson; and that would be more along the lines of the type of pitcher you expect the Blue Jays with their current make-up to sign.
Rosenthal reports that the Jays, along with the Chicago White Sox, Minnesota Twins, Cincinnati Reds and the Texas Rangers, are chasing the 29-year-old, who has received at least one offer worth $100 million and is expected to land a five-year deal topping that sum.
However, Wheeler would be a signal that the Blue Jays want to try to compete a little bit. While it could end up a player who ends up traded in the middle of the deal if things go well, it could be a signal that the Blue Jays are not a complete rebuilder entering 2020.