Chicago Cubs Rumors: Possible pitching targets ahead of waiver deadline

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Chicago Cubs: Zack Wheeler has had a dominant second half

While Matt Harvey struggled with the Mets this season, Zack Wheeler, on the other hand, has dominated in New York of late. The young right-hander is 8-6 with a 3.75 ERA on the season. Meanwhile, in the second half, he has been lights out, pitching to the tune of a 1.41 ERA after his first-half ERA was just 4.44.

Besides Jacob deGrom, Wheeler has been the Mets second-most reliable starter. After a rough 2017 season, he has shown his potential once again with his dominant second-half performance.

Not only that, but Wheeler is also young at just 28 years old. He is arbitration eligible in 2019 and could become a free agent as soon as 2020. He makes just $1.9 million this season, so he would be a low-cost option for the Cubs, as well.

It is rather unlikely that the Mets will look to deal Wheeler. Despite their struggles this season, they have indicated that they hope to contend in 2019, so it is probably more likely they try to keep their talented starters around and ready for the coming years. However, if they were to be open to dealing Wheeler, he could be an excellent option for the Cubs to look at acquiring.