SURPRISE, AZ - MARCH 11: Mike Olt #70 of the Texas Rangers at bat against the Cleveland Indians during a spring training baseball game at Surprise Stadium on March 11, 2012 in Surprise, Arizona. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Mike Olt
With the Winter Meetings well underway and rumors flying around like crazy, it's impossible to know what the Texas Rangers are going to do at any given moment, given the fact that they're probably the most stealth organization out there.
But one thing seems clear, with Jurickson Profar and Elvis Andrus being near untouchable, and that's the fact that 24-year-old corner infielder Mike Olt could be the Rangers' main trade piece this offseason.
Olt, who made his debut before Profar's this past season, has been highly touted but has been blocked within the organization by Adrian Beltre at Olt's main position of third base. The Rangers have also been loaded at first base with Mitch Moreland, Michael Young and Mike Napoli all seeing time there. He's been tested in right field, but the Rangers are overcrowded there too.
Olt hit just .152 in 33 at-bats in 2012, which was a bit disappointing for the Rangers even though it was a small sample size.
In Frisco last year, Olt hit .288 in 354 at-bats with 28 home runs and 82 RBIs despite being called up early to give him one of the best Texas League seasons in recent memory. He played the majority of his games at third base.
There are many rumors the Rangers are being tied to on the trade market, most notably Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton and Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher James Shields. If you could turn Olt into either one of those guys that would be considered a win for the Rangers.