New York Mets starter Zack Wheeler rejected the team’s $17.8 million qualifying offer for the 2020 season, and Anthony DiComo of MLB. com reports that the team is unlikely to re-sign him in free agency.
DiComo states that Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen has suggested that the likes of Seth Lugo or Robert Gsellman could move into the rotation next season, and re-signing Wheeler would almost certainly put the Mets over the luxury tax threshold:
Two, the Mets are a little less than $20 million shy of Major League Baseball’s 2020 payroll luxury-tax threshold. There’s no guarantee they’ll stay under it given the relatively light penalty for a one-year splurge, but history suggests the team will do everything possible to keep its payrol