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Zack Wheeler signs with Phillies in $118 million splash

Zack Wheeler is now an enemy of the Mets.

The free-agent righty agreed to a deal with the NL East rival Phillies on Wednesday, The Post’s Joel Sherman confirmed. The deal is for five years and $118 million, according to The Athletic.

Wheeler, 29, has been one of the more sought-after pitchers in free agency in the tier right below Gerrit Cole and Stephen Strasburg.

The Mets were not considered among the serious suitors to retain Wheeler. They will receive draft pick compensation after he turned down their qualifying offer following the season.

A source told The Post’s Mike Puma that the Mets did not make an offer, but the pitcher’s camp circled back before taking the offer from Philadelphia.

Wheeler, whom the Mets acquired from the Giants for Carlos Beltran at the 2011 trade deadline, pitched five seasons in Queens. He’ll finish his time there with a 44-38 record and 3.77 ERA.

New York Post

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