The Texas Rangers are in the hunt for a top-of-the-rotation starting pitcher. Over the past week they have been linked to players from Zack Greinke and James Shields to R.A. Dickey.
Harper reports that if the Rangers were to miss out on both of their top two targets, they would be willing to offer up Mike Olt, who is the No. 2 prospect in their system.
Olt is a third baseman and a good one at that, but he is currently blocked by Adrian Beltre. He has shown that he can play the corner outfield spots as well, which he would have to do if he came over to the Mets given the presence of David Wright at third base.
Olt was taken 49th overall in the 2010 draft but missed time in 2011 with a broken collarbone. His 2012 campaign was very good, as he hit .288 with 28 home runs and 82 RBI in just 354 at-bats before being called up in August. He didn't see the field too often for Texas, only totaling 33 at-bats and hitting just .152.
Olt alone might not be enough to get the deal done, and he is no Wil Myers, but he has the potential to be the power bat the Mets are looking for.
In my opinion, the Mets are not going to get much better than Olt. They may be able to pull off a trade where they get both a catcher and an outfielder, but chances are the more pieces they get back in the deal, the more likely those players won't be top-tier prospects.
Olt, 24, is major league-ready now and could conceivably start for the Mets in 2013. He would immediately become their top hitting prospect and probably their second-best prospect behind Zack Wheeler. If the Rangers come to the Mets with an offer that includes Mike Olt, I think it's a no-brainer for them to pull the trigger. They can then use the money they save by trading Dickey to sign a catcher like Miguel Olivo.