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The Texas Rangers drafted reigning National League Cy Young award winner R.A. Dickey back in the first round of the 1996 Amateur Draft. Dickey may have made his Major League Baseball debut with the Rangers back in 2001, but he gained notoriety and found success as a member of the New York Mets. Now, over six years since he last pitched for the Rangers, could Texas be making a play to acquire Dickey once again from the Mets in return for top prospect, Mike Olt? If that is the case, it is going to take a lot more in order to land Dickey back in Texas. As highly touted a prospect he is, he alone will not get it done to convince the Mets to trade Dickey back to the Rangers. The Rangers are going to do everything possible to trade for a top pitcher this offseason, having reportedly lost out on the Zack Greinke sweepstakes, as he appears close to signing with the Los Angeles Dodgers. We just saw the Tampa Bay rays trade James Shields and Wade Davis to the Kansas City Royals for top hitting prospect Wil Myers and a package of other minor leaguers, so the starting pitching market is already beginning to dry up rather quickly. The Rangers could still go after a free agent such as Anibal Sanchez, but they would prefer to chase Dickey. But New York is going to hold out for more than just Olt, especially since his natural position is third base. With David Wright signing a massive contract extension a few weeks ago, Olt would have to play first base with the Mets for the foreseeable future if a trade can be completed. But Olt will need some company heading over to New York with him if Texas really wants to land Dickey. Dickey, 38, went 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA and 1.05 WHIP. He also led the National League with 230 strikeouts in 233 2/3 innings pitched. In three seasons with the Mets, Dickey is 39-28 with a 2.95 ERA. In five seasons with the Rangers, he went just 16-19 with a 5.72 ERA. Dickey also pitched one season with the Minnesota Twins and Seattle Mariners. Olt was ranked the Rangers’ No. 2 prospect by Baseball America heading into the 2013 season. He hit .288 with a .977 OPS and 28 homers in Double-A ball in 2012. He played in just 16 games with the Rangers in 2012, going a combined 5-for-40 with 13 strikeouts.   The post MLB Rumors: Will New York Mets Trade R.A. Dickey To Texas Rangers For Mike Olt? appeared first on Hardball Chat Baseball Blog.

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