Whether the Phillies doling out $118 million for five years of Zack Wheeler turns out to be an overpay or not, one thing that is certain is that Wheeler fleeing the Mets for a division rival that is trying to leapfrog them is bad for New York.
Shortly after Wheeler agreed to sign in Philly, Noah Syndergaard weighed in -- happy for his friend but conflicted -- as he posted on Twitter:
"Quick Tale: You have this friend which you want the best for. He leaves, and gets his (money). You should/want to be happy for him, but he is now an enemy because he went to the land of enemies.I finally understand the emotion of this meme"
Quick Tale: You have this friend which you want the best for. He leaves, and gets his 💰. You should/want to be happy for him, but he is now an enemy because he went to the land of enemies.- Noah Syndergaard (@Noahsyndergaard) December 5, 2019
I finally understand the emotion of this meme: pic.twitter.com/IWnGZxvbD1
Speaking at the Mets' kids holiday party on Wednesday at Citi Field as the Wheeler-to-the-Phillies rumors were swirling, J.D. Davis and Brandon Nimmo weighed in on the potential of losing one of their best pitchers to an NL East foe.
"Yeah a little bit," Davis said when asked if Wheeler going to Philly would be concerning. "He knows all of us hitters really well. He's a great pitcher, great stuff. I wish the best for him, I hope the Mets can get him back on our side. We'll see how it goes, but yeah, if he goes to Philly that's a little problematic."
Nimmo was similarly concerned, but said the whole NL East is stacked pitching-wise.
"Yes" he deadpanned with a laugh about being worried. "He's a great pitcher. But guess what, this whole division is stacked with pitchers. ... It's just gonna be tough day in and day out. That's just the way it is."