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Olt preparing for move to outfield

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Mike Olt said he can be a "great" outfielder but needs more time out there. He will get it in Spring Training as the Rangers have asked him to prepare to play multiple positions.

"I'll be comfortable when I practice out there," Olt said. "Last year I didn't play much out there, three random games in the Minors and a couple up here. But once I get a feel for it, it will be fine."

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Olt's normal position is third base, but the Rangers have Adrian Beltre there. Olt will also play first and the outfield this spring as a way to increase his value, versatility and chances to make the team.

"I guess I'm going to do everything," Olt said. "Last year, I focused on third base because I knew I was going back to the Minors. This spring, I'll focus on first and the outfield."

Olt is still with the Rangers after a winter of being in the middle of almost every possible trade discussion. The Rangers two main targets were former Rays pitcher James Shields and former D-backs outfielder Justin Upton. There's little doubt that Olt would have been included if the Rangers had pulled off a deal for either one of those two.

"I didn't really try to look at that stuff but you walk into a deli and people say, you're getting traded, here, here or here," Olt said. "It would have been a change of scenery and a good opportunity. Hopefully there will be a good spot for me here."

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