As predictable a sign of midsummer as the solstice, trade season for the Mets has arrived early. An improbable run of success in the coming days and weeks could change the narrative, but with rapidly diminishing postseason odds Brodie Van Wagenen should be taking calls on a handful of promising candidates. The most prominent of the team's free agents, Zack Wheeler has the appeal of a former top prospect just a year removed from an elite stretch of pitching that showed he still has heaps of potential despite a mixed track record and time lost to injuries. The catch with Wheeler is, of course, that his 2019 has failed to live up to the flashes of brilliance that characterized the back half of his 2018, as he has been more hittable and particularly vulnerable to the home run.
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