As Zack Wheeler takes the mound for the final time in the 2019 regular season, let's take a look back at how he landed with the Mets in the first place.
It was 2011 when the Mets and Giants were in trade talks regarding Carlos Beltran. The veteran outfielder was a pending free agent that also battled with a knee injury in the 2010 season. Though many believed he wouldn't be the same player, Beltran had a hot first half with New York, leading them in homers (13) and RBI (58).
So, with his trade value high, the Mets wanted to capitalize. And that's when Wheeler, who was not only the Giants best pitching prospect but one of the top prospects in baseball, came into play.
The Mets managed to land Wheeler in the package that also sent $4 million to San Francisco along with Beltran, who had to sign off on the deal given his no-trade clause. Looking back, it was an absolute steal for New York.
Fast forwarding to today, Wheeler is now the pending free agent, and will be testing the market this offseason. With a career 3.78 ERA, the Mets should be interested in bringing him back.
Here's then-Daily News Mets beat reporter and current SNY MLB Insider Andy Martino and former SNY reporter Kevin Burkhardt discussing the trade when it went down...