The Rangers and Dodgers are battling to sign Zack Greinke (CBS Sports).
The Red Sox are interested in Ryan Dempster (CBS Sports).
The market for R.A. Dickey and Jon Niese could be influenced by where Greinke ends up. Everything is pointing to a marriage with the Dodgers, and that would be ideal for the Mets because the Rangers would remain in need of a front-line starting pitcher. Also, if Texas inks Josh Hamilton to a deal, reports suggest they're less likely to sign another big free agent. The Rangers have a rich farm system, and the Mets could pit the Rangers against the Blue Jays, Royals and maybe the Red Sox, which could lead to a stronger market for Dickey and Niese.