Zack Wheeler left the New York Mets and immediately bolted for their most hated rival when he signed a five-year, $118 million deal with the Philadelphia Phillies.
Wheeler ripped the Wilpon-led Mets ownership and GM Brodie Van Wagenen on Friday, claiming the organization didn't seem interested in signing him to a new contract last December.
Van Wagenen hit back hard, claiming that Wheeler parlayed what was only two-and-a-half good seasons as a Met into his massive contract with Philadelphia.
Van Wagenen certainly went for the jugular with those comments.
Wheeler posted a 3.31 ERA in 2018 and a 3.96 ERA in 2019 before signing his deal with the Phillies. The hurler pitched admirably in Queens, and while BVW didn't deny his strong body of work over the past two-plus seasons, he was handing the former Met a back-handed compliment.
Not a single soul out there is defending the Wilpon family at this point, so it's hard to find fault in what Wheeler said. However, Van Wagenen took Wheeler's jab as a personal attack, and felt the need to respond.