May 11, 2021

Phillies’ Zack Wheeler downplays dispute with Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen (ESPN)

CLEARWATER, Fla. — Zack Wheeler wants to dial down his little dispute with his former team’s general manager.

The new Philadelphia right-hander has recently been trading barbs with New York Mets GM Brodie Van Wagenen, adding even more intrigue after Wheeler left the Mets to sign with the rival Phillies.

On Saturday, Wheeler figured there wasn’t much more he needed to add.

“I don’t want to make this go on any further. I don’t think it’s meant to go on any further. We’re two grown-ups here, and we’re battling like little kids, you know what I mean?” Wheeler said. “I’m happy to be here with this group of guys.”

Wheeler signed a $118 million, five-year contract with Philadelphia this offseason after pitching for the Mets since his debut season in 2013. Wheeler told the New York Post on Thursday that he circled back with the Mets before signing with Philadelphia and that “it was basically just crickets.”

Said Wheeler to the newspaper about the Mets: “It’s how they roll.”

Van Wagenen responded sharply Friday, saying the Mets contributed to Wheeler’s success.

“Our health and performance department, our coaches all contributed and helped him parlay two good half-seasons over the last five…

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