Well, at least we know Zack Wheeler can beat someone — he won his arbitration case against the Mets.
Wheeler will be paid $1.9 million this season instead of the $1.5 million the Mets offered, a healthy raise from his 2017 salary of $800,000. This, after Wheeler posted an underwhelming record of 3-7 with a 5.21 ERA last season, his first after missing two full years after Tommy John surgery.
The lesson here is don’t let poor performance prevent you from asking for money you haven’t earned. Oh, and we all should have become professional athletes.