The Astros have "backed off" in their pursuit of Mets right-hander Noah Syndergaard due to a reluctance to trade their No. 1 prospect, outfielder Kyle Tucker, according to MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal in an article for The Athletic (subscription required). But that doesn't mean a deal between the two clubs is off the table entirely.
In impending free agent Zack Wheeler, the Mets have another pitcher who could be of interest to Houston and will cost less to acquire than Syndergaard, who is controllable through 2021.
USA Today's Bob Nightengale expects the Astros to add a starter before the Trade Deadline and reports that multiple MLB general managers are predicting that the 29-year-old Wheeler will land in Houston.