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4 free agent pitchers Mets should target if they need to replace Zack Wheeler

To date, sources aware of the situation say the Braves have so far been more aggressive than the Mets when it comes to signing free-agent RHP Zack Wheeler.

It's their contention the Mets are more likely to let Wheeler walk and instead sign a reliable, consistent, veteran starting pitcher to join their rotation.

MLB people I know all expect Wheeler to field multiple offers of five years and $100 million.

If Wheeler will give a hometown discount to stay in Queens and play it safe, I can see him and the Mets finding common ground with, say, a four-year, $70 million deal.