Josh Hamilton Rumors Signing Leads To MLB Rumors

Josh Hamilton has seemingly left his old Texas Rangers team in the cold and signed with their rival, the Los Angeles Angels, but now there are other MLB trade rumors circulating around Mets Cy Young Award winner, R.A. Dickey.

It was announced on Thursday that Hamilton and the Angels had agreed to a 5 year $125 million dollar deal. Sources indicated that Hamilton secretly met with Angels officials during last week’s Winter meetings and did not give the Rangers a chance to match the offer.

One source told, Angels owner Arte Moreno and team president John Carpino then visited Josh Hamilton at his home in Texas earlier this week.

Rangers general manager Jon Daniels told Dallas-area media Thursday that he was “disappointed” to not get a phone call from Hamilton or his agent, Michael Moye, before a decision was reached. But Moye told later Thursday, “Neither Josh nor Moye Sports ever told the Rangers they would be given the right to match offers received. Any media reports to the contrary are inaccurate.”

Now rumors are circulating the Angels could be in the mix to add to an already strong team by adding 2012 National League Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey.

The Mets have picked up a one-year extension on Dickey’s contract for 2013, but were looking to shop the 38-year-old while his value was on the high side, for a young outfield bat and possibly another prospect. The Angels would now seemingly be able to part with one of their good young talented outfielders in Peter Bourjos or Mark Trumbo.

The Angel’s now have 5 outfielders in Hamilton, 2012 rookie sensation Mike Trout, and a likely untradeable Vernon Well’s, along with Trumbo and Bourjos. The Mets would likely prefer Trumbo in any deal.

The Hamilton deal and the signing of coveted pitching free agent Zack Greinke by the Dodger’s may also entice the Rangers to become more engaged with the Mets for Dickey, who before were unwilling to part with prospect Mike Olt.

Meanwhile, Dickey has made it known that he wants a multi year contract extension and wishes to preferably stay with the Mets and if he does not get it, he will walk and look for another team after 2013.

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