Are we underestimating Wheeler here? He might not be a lights out Ace, but it never seemed realstic that we'd be in the market for Gerrit Cole or Strasburg. If we weren't going to get one of them I'm much happier with Wheeler than the alternatives. I'm especially worried about Bumgarners Home/Road splits.
Wheeler put up 3.5 and 3.9 WAR the last two years according to Baseball Reference. Fangraphs credit him with 4.2/4.7 over those two years. Those numbers are comparable to Nola in 2019, though not his incredible 2018, and are higher than anything any other pitcher has done in red pinstripes over the last 20 months.
He also throws close to 100 MPH, so hopefully our new pitching coach can get the most out of him.
I do wonder why they didn't just pay Corbin last year, though maybe they have learned a lesson from that choice
Likely hes overpaid at some point in this contract but thats the cost of business when you can't develop talent through the farm. The Philadelphia Phillies just got better for 2020.