Dykstra seeks to withdraw no contest plea

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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Former New York Mets outfielder Lenny Dykstra is appearing in a Southern California courtroom Monday.

He's seeking to withdraw his no-contest plea on charges of grand theft auto and providing a false financial statement.

If a judge denies his motion, the 49-year-old Dykstra could be sentenced to up to four years in state prison as part of a plea deal.

Dykstra and two co-defendants are accused of trying to lease and then sell high-end cars from several car dealerships by claiming credit through a phony business.

Dykstra initially pleaded not guilty to 25 counts after police arrested him and found cocaine, Ecstasy and synthetic human growth hormone at his Los Angeles home.

He spent his 12-year career with the Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies and had a career.285 batting average.