Report: Wheeler wins arbitration case over Mets

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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 01: Zack Wheeler #45 of the New York Mets pitches in the first inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field on July 1, 2017 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.
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Zack Wheeler got what he wanted.

The 27-year-old right-hander will earn $1.9 million in 2018 after winning his arbitration case against the New York Mets, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick.

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.

Wheeler is expected to slot into the back end of the Mets' rotation behind Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, and Matt Harvey.