"I'm here now and I want to help this team win," Wheeler said Monday. "I know we're capable of it and we've got a good squad.”

Mets’ Zack Wheeler addresses trade rumors: ‘It's something that you don't want to think about’

Zack Wheeler is trying to focus on the present.

The 29-year-old starter is in the final year of his contract and the Mets could reportedly consider moving him if they fall further out of playoff contention. Wheeler addressed the trade rumors when he met with reporters Monday.

"It's something that you don't want to think about, but I guess it's in the back of your head," Wheeler said. "But I'm here now and I want to help this team win. I know we're capable of it and we've got a good squad.”

Wheeler holds a 5-5 record with a 4.94 ERA in 15 starts so far this season. He has struck out 103 and walked 28 in 94 2/3 innings on the mound.

The Mets entered play Tuesday in third place of the National League East with a 34-38 record. They trailed the division-leading Braves by 8 1/2 games and were 5 1/2 games behind the Cubs for the second wild-card spot.

“We need to turn things around very quick and I think we're very capable of that,” Wheeler said. “It starts with the pitching. Just got to bear down, keep runs off the board and have quick innings."

New York, however, won’t necessarily be sellers at the trade deadline, general manager Brodie Van Wagenen said last weekend.

"I don't think my mindset or the mission statement for this franchise has changed," Van Wagenen said, via SNY. "It's been our goal to win now and our goal is to win in the future. So, moves that we make will have an eye towards that. My hope and my belief is that we can be in contention over the course of the next several weeks and can continue to push that gas pedal down.”

The Yankees have been linked to a potential move for Wheeler while there could be “four to five” teams interested in him, a major league talent evaluator told the New York Post.


Hernandez to miss one spring start

Felix Hernandez injury update: Mariners ace expected to miss only one spring start

Hernandez left Monday's game against the Cubs after being struck in the pitching arm by a line drive, though he avoided serious injury.

Making sense of 2018 MLB free agent

MLB free agency 2018: Where should the top remaining players end up?

A number of MLB free agents have finally found a home this offseason, but there are still plenty of intriguing players still out there.

Coach fired for marijuana stance

Texas college coach fired for rebuffing recruit over Colorado’s marijuana law

Texas Wesleyan baseball coach Mike Jeffcoat was fired for telling a recruit the team was not interested in players from Colorado.

Clark sounds off on issues

MLBPA union head Tony Clark sounds off on tanking, pace of play

Tony Clark said commissioner Rob Manfred made his changes to pace of play without any approval from the MLBPA.

Steinbrenner says people are scared

Yankees' Hal Steinbrenner: 'People are concerned about us'

With the acquisition of Giancarlo Stanton, some are calling the Yankees "The Evil Empire" once again, and Steinbrenner is OK with that.