The GM meetings are only just getting underway, but the Houston Astros aren't wasting any time.
Houston has reportedly had sustained interest in the 29-year-old and was among his suitors when the New York Mets were said to be shopping him ahead of this past summer's trade deadline.
The Mets wound up retaining Wheeler and have since tendered him a one-year qualifying offer worth $17.8 million. The right-hander is widely expected to reject the offer, which will attach him to draft-pick compensation on the free-agent market.
After being consistently ranked as one of the best pitching prospects in the sport, Wheeler dealt with early-career injuries that prevented him from making a sustained impression at the major-league level. Over the past two seasons, however, Wheeler has cemented himself as a reliable rotation fixture. Throwing more than 180 innings each year, Wheeler posted a combined 3.65 ERA and 3.37 FIP from 2018-19.