Zack Wheeler got what he wanted.
The Mets had offered $1.5 million, and the two sides failed to find a middle ground.
Wheeler returned to the big leagues in 2017 after sitting out the previous two seasons following Tommy John surgery in March, 2015. His scheduled comeback a year after the surgery was put on hold due to a flexor strain in his throwing arm.
The rust showed. In 17 starts, Wheeler went 3-7 with a 5.21 ERA and 1.59 WHIP. He allowed a 10.1 H/9 and issued 40 walks in 86 1/3 innings. The one saving grace was his ability to miss bats, striking out 8.4 batters per nine innings.