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Rockies mulling Carlos Gonzalez return

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Jon Heyman says that the Colorado Rockies are interested in re-signing free agent Carlos Gonzalez.

Gonzalez, who a few years ago seemed like a star but since then has seemed more like a Coors creation, has managed to hit a mere .269/.334/.445 (92 OPS+) in the past two seasons and was largely overlooked in 2018-19 free agent market with several better corner outfielder options. At least he has the benefit of familiarity to the Rockies, for whom he has played ten of his eleven big league seasons.

Gonzalez, 33, has a career batting line of .328/.388/.605 in 2,566 plate appearances at Coors Field. It would not be at all surprising to see him back in black, white and purple this spring.

Zack Wheeler hits first career homer

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Mets starter Zack Wheeler wasn’t content with just dominating the Phillies on the mound Tuesday night in Queens. The 28-year-old decided to have himself a three-RBI night at the plate, too, including his first career home run.

With the Mets already leading 3-0 with two outs in the bottom of the fourth inning, Wheeler lifted a first-pitch Zach Eflin fastball out to left-center field, landing well beyond the 370-foot sign on the wall. Wheeler had previously helped his own cause, lacing a two-run double down the right field line off of Eflin in the second inning.

Wheeler entered the night with 22 hits in 194 career trips to the plate. Of his 22 hits, five went for extra bases (all doubles). On the mound, through six innings, Wheeler has held the Phillies scoreless on five hits with no walks and 11 strikeouts.

Todd Frazier broke the game open in the fifth inning, hitting a grand slam off of Drew Anderson to push the Mets’ lead to 8-0. If the Phillies lose tonight, they will have lost five of their last six games.