The Mets could be seeing a lot of Zack Wheeler this season, just not in a blue and orange cap.
ESPN.com reported on Wednesday the Phillies are now seen as the most potent bidders for the 29-year-old starter. That comes a day after MLB Network reported that the ex-Met was a top priority for the White Sox. Wheeler is also drawing interest from the Twins, Rangers, Reds, Astros and Blue Jays.
Wheeler has emerged as a second-tier favorite among teams staying away from the bidding wars for Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg. Two industry sources told The Post’s Joel Sherman and Ken Davidoff that Wheeler would likely decide on his future no later than the end of next week’s winter meetings.
The offers for Wheeler are in the five-year and $100 million range. The Mets are not expected to enter the bidding to bring him back after the right-hander rejected a qualifying offer from the Mets in September after five seasons in Queens.
Wheeler has amassed a 3.77 career ERA and is fresh off a career-high 195 1/3-inning season.