The Rangers are interested in trading for Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey. The Mets, who are in a rebuilding mode, are trying to work out a contract extension with Dickey. He is signed for $5 million in 2013 but is a free agent after that. If the Mets can’t work out an extension then they would consider trading him. According to sources, the Rangers are definitely interested in talking more with the Mets at the Winter Meetings.
Dickey was the Rangers No. 1 draft pick in 1996 and pitched for them from 2001-06. It was while with the Rangers that Dickey started working on the knuckleball that sent his career soaring. He was 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA for the Mets this past season, winning the N.L. Cy Young Award.
The Mets have multiple needs but outfield is high on the list.
Rangers manager Ron Washington was asked in his pre-game media session about the upcoming Trade Deadline and said, “We could use a good pitcher. If that happens to be a No. 1 pitcher that Jon Daniels gets, that’s fine. There is a need for a lot of things.”
Added Washington, “The No. 1 need on my list is we keep winning. Just keep winning, that’s what I need.”
Washington said Scott Feldman is still starting for the Rangers on Monday.
The Rangers have been actie in trade talks for Brewers right-hander Zack Greinke but there is no indication anything is imminent.
The Rangers are still looking hard for starting pitching. Zack Greinke is at the top of their list. James Shields is another possibility. Josh Johnson’s name keeps coming up but the Rangers are lerry of him. The Rangers don’t want an innings-eater. They want somebody who can make a difference in the playoffs. They would really like Greinke.
The Rangers will look for bench help leading up to the Trade Deadline. The Rangers have been hit hard by injuries on the pitching staff but believe Derek Holland, Alexi Ogando, Neftali Feliz and Koji Uehara will be back before the Deadline. The Rangers are looking for either utility help or a bat off the bench.
Rangers club president Nolan Ryan went over to the White Sox clubhouse before Friday’s game to meet with manager Robin Ventura. Ryan just wished Ventura good luck and they chatted for a few minutes. This was the first time they have spoken since their famous 1993 brawl at Arlington Stadium. Ventura was making his Major League debut as the White Sox manager on Friday against the Rangers.
The Rangers say they are interested in re-signing C.J. Wilson. But they are have sincere interest in free agent left-hander Mark Buehrle and he is a target for them at the Winter Meetings. Despite having what appears to be a set rotation, the Rangers still like Buehrle for his experience, durability and potential leadership on a young rotation.
– T.R. Sullivan