Phillies, Wheeler sign five-year deal

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The Philadelphia Phillies made a huge off-season splash last season. The team was able to get slugger Bryce Harper, shortstop Jean Segura, and catcher J.T. Realmuto.

On Wednesday, the Phillies made another splash. The team signed free agent pitcher Zach Wheeler.

Zack Wheeler (Getty Images)

He received a five-year deal. Wheeler will receive $118 million over the lifetime of his contract.

The Phillies were in the mix for pitchers. Philadelphia was being mentioned as a candidate for Cole Hamels.

Ultimately, he signed a one-year deal with the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday. He signed a one-year deal with the franchise.

Besides Hamels and Wheeler, the team was also in the mix for Stephen Strasburg. He became a free agent in November after opting out of his four-year, $100 million deal.

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