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In a post to Twitter yesterday, Al Goetz, the agent for Mets prospect  Zack Wheeler, believes Wheeler is ready to be promoted to the Major Leagues.

Last week on WFAN, Sandy Alderson said while it's unlikely, it's possible Wheeler could make the team out of camp if they didn't acquire a starting pitcher to replace R.A. Dickey - the Mets reportedly agreed to sign RHP Shaun Marcum to a one-year deal on Thursday.

Wheeler went a combined 12-8 with a 3.26 ERA in 25 starts between Double-A and Triple-A in 2012, having allowed 59 walks with 148 strikeouts in 149 innings.

He's close, but I don't expect to see Wheeler in Flushing until around mid-season. And, now that the Mets have brought Shaun Marcum onboard, there's now even less of a chance Wheeler makes the club out of camp. That's a good thing; Wheeler saw limited duty at Triple-A last year and could use a little work to refine his command, it will likely allow him to work with Travis d'Arnaud before both are promoted, and it keeps the organization from exposing Wheeler to fill a short-term need right off the bat.

By the way, Wheeler is on the cover of Baseball America this month:

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