Zack Wheeler
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New York Mets veteran right-hander Zack Wheeler is surprised, yet happy that he’s able to keep playing baseball in Queens.

One of the main New York Mets players who was involved in a multitude of trade talks was right-hander Zack Wheeler. His name had been discussed right up until the deadline, with the Mets fielding calls from nine teams on Wednesday.

However, the 4 p.m. ET deadline on Wednesday came and went, without any trade involving Wheeler. And although he’s surprised to remain with the Mets, Wheeler makes it known that he’s happy with the outcome.

“It was all there for it to happen, and it just didn’t happen. I was ready for it,” said Wheeler, per Alex Smith of SNY. “Especially with me being a free agent after the year, I knew it might happen.”

“Just because I’m a free agent after the season, I thought more than likely it would happen, just from being in baseball all these years, it’s sort of what happens. I was kind of surprised but I’m happy to stay here with these guys, this group, and try to make a push for it.”

Wheeler would’ve most likely been a rental pitcher if he landed with a different ballclub. His current contract expires at the end of this season.

New York also opted not to trade right-hander Noah Syndergaard. Per Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Mets pulled Thor off the trade market Tuesday night. His latest start was a dominant one. On Tuesday, he allowed only five hits, zero earned runs, struck out 11, and walked only one through 7.1 innings of work against the Chicago White Sox.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.