The New York Knicks traded their top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler on Thursday, ending a five-game losing streak that has left the team with little margin for error.
Wheeler was traded to the Dodgers for pitcher Chad Billingsley, shortstop Cody Reed, reliever Matt Heimbach and a 2019 first-round pick, the team announced.
Wheeler, a right-hander out of the University of Oklahoma, posted a 4.09 ERA in 17 starts for the Mets last season, the last of which was with the Chicago Cubs.
He had been pitching at Class AAA Syracuse, and the Mets, who will have one other pitcher, have two pitchers in their rotation: Tyler Clippard, who had been the starter for the Giants, and Jon Niese.
The Dodgers will pick first overall in the first round.
Wheeler is scheduled to report to Los Altos, Calif., on Thursday.
The Giants have a first-rounder in 2020, so Wheeler will join the team that selected him.
He was also traded to Philadelphia, but it is unclear whether he will be a part of the Phillies’ rotation.
The Mets will have three pitchers in the rotation: Clippards rotation, Reed rotation and Heimbaches rotation.
Wheeler has a 1.80 ERA in four starts with the Giants last season.