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Friday, December 14, 2012

Rumor Mill: With Hamilton Signing, Opens Door to Dickey Trade?

The trade market for R.A. Dickey might open now.... GM Sandy Alderson has refused to give in to recent trade proposals of one prospect for Dickey... He has been constantly monitoring the trade market in the hopes of turning Dickey, the reigning National League Cy Young Award winner, into a youthful package of position players.

The process has left Dickey pissed off with some team officials grumbling about his public complaints and potentially produced a favorable terrain for the Mets, who may be able to reap the benefits of Josh Hamilton’s reported five-year, $125 million deal with the Los Angeles Angels.

There is no guarantee that a trade will now happen, but the shifting terrain does give the Mets more leverage in their talks with Dickey.

The Hamilton contract creates an outfield surplus for the Angels, and also provides the Texas Rangers with an impulse to make a move. In Hamilton, Texas just lost its best hitter to its biggest American League West rival. The Rangers already lost out on signing free-agent pitcher Zack Greinke (Dodgers) and trading for Rays workhorse James Shields (Royals). The Rangers want to rebuild after a disappointing late-season skid cost them a division title.

Texas had previously engaged in lengthy discussions with the Mets regarding Dickey, who Texas drafted in the first round of the 1996 draft. Those talks could heat up, with the Mets targeting third baseman Mike Olt (who could move to the outfield) as the centerpiece of a package.

The Angels would be a late entry into the Dickey sweepstakes. With Hamilton in the fold, a pair of outfielders may be considered expendable. Peter Bourjos is an excellent center fielder, but a question mark at the plate, with a .703 on-base plus slugging percentage. Mark Trumbo packs a wallop — 61 homers in two big-league seasons — but struggles getting on base and may be an adventure in the field.

And neither player may be enough to spur a deal. ESPN reported this afternoon that Trumbo was considered unavailable in trades. Bourjos lacks the “difference maker” profile that Alderson seeks. But the Angels at least bear watching in the immediate future.

The Angels are interested in Jonathon Niese and share an interest in R.A. Dickey with the Rangers....The Blue Jays also have their eye on both Mets pitchers, with Niese as their first choice.

It should be interesting what happens in the next couple of days if one team comes to the table with what they want. Niece might have to be second piece to get Trumbo...

Trumbo Would Look Good in Blue and Orange with hopefully more players to add to the package!

Trumbo's Stats:
2010 24 LAA AL 8 16 15 2 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 8 .067
2011 25 LAA AL 149 573 539 65 137 31 1 29 87 9 4 25 120 .254
2012 26 LAA AL 144 586 544 66 146 19 3 32 95 4 5 36 153 .268
3 Yrs 301 1175 1098 133 284 50 4 61 184 13 9 62 281 .259
162 Game Avg. 162 632 591 72 153 27 2 33 99 7 5 33 151 .259
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 12/14/2012.

A Look at the Angels 2013 Top Prospects ( Baseball America):

1. Kaleb Cowart, 3b
2. Nick Maronde, lhp
3. C.J. Cron, 1b
4. Mike Clevinger, rhp
5. Austin Wood, rhp
6. Randal Grichuk, of
7. Taylor Lindsey, 2b
8. R.J. Alvarez, rhp
9. Mark Sappington, rhp
10. Alex Yarbrough, 2b

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