Breaking: Zack Wheeler Signs 3-Year Extention With Phillies

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Philadelphia Phillies starting pitcher Zack Wheeler throws during the first inning in Game 5 of the baseball NL Championship Series between the San Diego Padres and the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday, Oct. 23, 2022, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)

Big news out of Philadelphia this morning as Zack Wheeler has signed an extension with the Phillies.

Entering the final season of his original 5-year contract, both Wheeler and the Phillies made it known that they wanted to get an extension completed. Zack has been one of the best pitchers in all of baseball since joining the Phillies in 2020.

Per multiple sources, Wheeler has signed a 3-year extension worth $126 million. This is $42 million in annual average value, making him the highest-paid player on the Phillies. The new money will start next season, as he is on the books for $23.5 million this season.

Wheeler-Nola, 1-2 Punch

Zack Wheeler and Aaron Nola have been one of the best 1-2 punches in Major League Baseball over the last few seasons. Their work in the regular season and dominance in the playoffs have played a huge role in the Phillies’ success.

Both players signed extensions with the team this off-season. Nola for 7 years and now Wheeler for 3 additional seasons.

Zack Wheeler is heading into this season at age 33 and will be 38 years old at the end of this contract. This was arguably the last chance for him to make big money in baseball, so Wheeler can now focus on his performance for the next four seasons.

Dave Dombrowski was wise to get this extension completed before the season started. He may have learned a lesson when allowing Aaron Nola to reach free agency this past off-season. Regardless, the deal is now done, and the Phillies can focus on getting back to the World Series.

Photo Credit: (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson)