1. According to Andy Martino of the New York Daily News, the Rangers reportedly "indicated a willingness" to trade Mike Olt and Cody Buckel to the Mets in exchange for R.A. Dickey; however, the perception among baseball types was that the Blue Jays had emerged as clear front-runners in the Dickey sweepstakes, and FOXSports.com's Ken Rosenthal is now reporting that the Rangers have withdrawn from all trade talks on Dickey. Assuming that Olt/Buckel was the Rangers' actual offer (or some other package approximating its value), would you have pulled the trigger?
2. If you had to pick whether the Josh Hamilton signing will help the Angels more than it will hurt them over the next five years (or, conversely, whether the signing will hurt the Angels more than it will help them over the next five years), which way would you guess that it will go down?
3. When you ponder and look back over the Josh Hamilton era in Texas, what is the single strongest memory that is conjured to mind? Is it the tremendous highs of his MVP season, the lows with which we unfortunately became acquainted, or all of the associated drama in between?
4. Now that the Rangers have seemingly passed/whiffed on Zack Greinke, Justin Upton, Josh Hamilton, Russell Martin, Mike Napoli, James Shields, and (apparently) R.A. Dickey, what's the best course of action for the Rangers with respect to the rest of their off-season and the 2013 season?
[I was going to post something of a lengthy and detailed nature on Josh Hamilton and the Rangers this afternoon, but after the tragic events of this morning in Newtown, Connecticut, I don't have it in me to finish said post -- and, frankly, it doesn't feel like baseball, or sports in general, really matters right now. Cherish the ones you have in your life, and remember to hug your loved ones a little tighter the next time you all happen to cross paths.]