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Mets, Zack Wheeler avoid arbitration

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 17: Zack Wheeler #45 of the New York Mets looks on during a game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on September 17, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

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The Mets and pitcher Zack Wheeler avoided arbitration on Wednesday, agreeing to an $800,000 salary for the 2017 season.

Wheeler, 26, was entering his first of three years of arbitration eligibility. The right-hander hasn’t pitched since 2014 as he underwent Tommy John surgery in ’15 and then suffered several setbacks in his rehab.

Wheeler owns a solid 3.50 ERA with a 271/125 K/BB ratio across 285 1/3 major league innings. The Mets are counting on him to contribute this coming season, but whether he’ll do so out of the rotation or the bullpen remains to be seen.

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