Chicago Cubs: Potential pick-ups off the waiver wire
The path that R.A. Dickey has taken has been similar to other knuckleballers. He’s durable. Effective, but not dominant. Mainly, the Atlanta Braves have gotten what they expected out of him. But could they look to move him? One rival GM believes with the “way he’s pitching they should be able to move him.” He’d bring veteran leadership with, but also a knuckleballer–and putting a catcher through that this late in the season could be a tall task.
Dickey has been an innings-eater for the Braves. He’s averaging six innings per start and is right on point with his career-numbers. Outside of that fantastic 2012 that saw him go 20-6 for the New York Mets–you know what you’re going to get from Dickey.
While one GM can see him being moved, it’s looking more and more likely that the Braves might pick up his $8 million option for next season. The Braves are still rebuilding, and having a leader in Dickey in the rotation might be worth keeping him around. Also, the Cubs system has been picked pretty clean, so the Braves would have to wait a while for whoever they get to progress. While they have time, they may just hold on to him into 2018.