Keep your eye on Texas…

“Keep your eye on Texas. They’re in it to win,” a rival executive told Andy Martino of the Daily News, in regards to the Rangers continued interest in acquiring R.A. Dickey.

Yesterday, CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman said on WFAN that multiple teams have offered at least one top hitting prospect for Dickey, but the Mets continue to hold firm asking for two top prospects.

However, as expected, the Mets are seeing more interest in Dickey since Zack Greinke signed with the Dodgers, and since James Shields was traded to the Royals, Martino reported on Wednesday.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

I get the feeling from talking to people in baseball that if the Rangers re-sign free-agent OF Josh Hamilton, there is a good chance they quickly jump and meet Alderson’s asking price for Dickey. From what I can tell, the Orioles and Dodgers will not pay the freight, and Texas seems willing and able to offer more than Boston. I still contend the Blue Jays are most interested, but the deal may require the Mets giving up additional prospects to get a combination of Toronto’s young outfielders and catchers.

In other words, Martino’s right, as he’s been writing for a while, keep an eye on Texas. Because, at the very least, whether Dickey is traded or not, their actions will dictate how this plays out…