Mets RHP Jacob deGrom has heard the chatter surrounding him and a potential trade, but is tuning it out.
"I guess it's a good thing if other teams want you," deGrom told reporters Wednesday night. "But I've got a job to do here, and that's my main focus right now."
After tossing 6 1/3 innings of one-run ball on Wednesday night, deGrom has a 3.37 ERA and 1.18 WHIP with 144 strikeouts -- a career-best 10.3 per nine innings -- in 125 2/3 innings (19 starts) this season. He is arbitration-eligible and under team control through 2020, after which he can file for free agency.
Mets GM Sandy Alderson said this past Friday that it's unlikely the team will trade deGrom and other players under control beyond this season.
"This is not teardown situation," Alderson said. "We're not looking to rebuild."
The Astros have called the Mets to inquire about the availability of deGrom, reports Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.
Houston is aiming high in their search for a starting pitcher, "and would love to add" deGrom, Tom Verducci of Sports Illustrated reported last month.
The 63-32 Astros are leading the A.L. West by 15.5 games.
Houston's farm system includes RHP Francis Martes (ranked 15th in all of MLB by Baseball America), OF Kyle Tucker (19th), RHP David Paulino (51st), and RHP Franklin Perez (54th).
The Mets are 42-50 and trail the Rockies by 9.0 losses for the second Wild Card.
The White Sox traded LHP Jose Quintana to the Cubs last week in a deal that netted them the Cubs' two best prospects.