Mets say they are not actively shopping Zack Wheeler

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Mets starter Zack Wheeler was at the center of multiple trade rumors this summer and he nearly got dealt to the Brewers for Carlos Gomez in late July. But the Mets claim they are not spending their winter initiating discussions involving the 25-year-old right-hander.

“We’re not actively shopping Zack by any stretch,” Mets assistant general manager John Ricco told Marc Carig of Newsday. “But as with the other starters, if something came up that we thought made us better, we’re going to talk about it.”

Wheeler missed the entire 2015 season following Tommy John surgery. He should be 100 percent near the end of spring training in 2016, but the Mets have five good starters under contract between Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, and Jon Niese.

Wheeler posted a cool 3.54 ERA and 187 strikeouts over 185 1/3 innings in 2014. He was acquired from the Giants for Carlos Beltran back in 2011.