Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Phillies were indeed "talking quietly" to teams about a possible Zack Wheeler trade.
The question is how much of this was normal due diligence as opposed to actively shopping. It doesn't appear that things got to that level and Phillies owner John Middleton might have been surprised to hear about the media report, leading to his over-the-top response to Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia where he said he wouldn't trade Wheeler for Babe Ruth. We also wouldn't trade an active baseball player for a person who is not alive, just for the record. Still, with Middleton's reaction, it's highly unlikely this is going to go anywhere. Wheeler signed a five-year, $118 million contract with the Phillies last offseason. Dec 07 9:23 am (EST)
- Phillies owner John Middleton told Jim Salisbury of NBC Sports Philadelphia on Sunday that there's "zero truth" to a previous report from ESPN's Buster Olney which said the team is open to trading Zack Wheeler.
- ESPN's Buster Olney reports that the Phillies "are open to offers" for Zack Wheeler.
- Zack Wheeler underwent a right middle fingernail resection procedure on October 12, the Phillies announced Wednesday. All Zack Wheeler (R) News
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