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When thinking about whether the Mets are better off with Zack Wheeler or Noah Syndergaard long-term, it's important to first understand that the answer doesn't revolve simply around who will be better in 2020 and beyond.
For the Mets, who have been attempting to be more creative under new GM Brodie Van Wagenen (his megadeal with the Mariners hasn't yielded the desired results so far), the Wheeler/Syndergaard choice will likely be the biggest one he makes since that swap with the Mariners. And the impact could be even bigger.
Wheeler, 29, is under contract through the end of this season and set to hit free agency after. If the Mets don't trade him, they can extend a qualifying offer after the season. If he accepts, they will owe him roughly $19 million for 2020. If he rejects, they will get a compensation pick in next June's MLB Draft.