PORT ST. LUCIE — Brodie Van Wagenen delivered his own 98-mph fastball on Friday.
A day after Zack Wheeler criticized the Mets in their handling of his contract negotiations, the team’s general manager said he was “surprised” and “disappointed” to hear the right-hander’s comments. Wheeler signed a five-year contract worth $118 million with the Phillies in December, ending his eight-year tenure with their NL East rival.
“From top down, I feel like this organization supported him in giving him the opportunity to reach major-league success,” Van Wagenen said. “Our health and performance department, our coaches, all contributed and helped him parlay two good half-seasons over the last five years into $118 million, so I am proud of what our group was able to help him accomplish.
“I am happy he was rewarded for it. Players deserve to be rewarded when they perform well, but more than anything else I am thrilled with the pitching staff we have.”
Wheeler told The Post’s Greg Joyce a day earlier that he “heard crickets” from the Mets after he circled back to them with the Phillies’ offer. The pitcher indicated he wasn’t surprised.