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12-15-2012, 07:20 PM
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nyr2k2
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Dickey isn't 27 in knuckleball years. For comparison, Wakefield made the conversion to a knuckleball guy at 27. Dickey made the switch at 32. That's a full five additional years of wear as a regular pitcher. There's also the fact that Dickey throws his knuckler unlike anyone else ever has, in the high 70s and even touching 80. To say nothing of the low-80s fastball that he throws with unusual frequency for a knuckleball pitcher. You can't just assume he'll last forever like Wakefield or others, because he's such a unique case.

Anyway, we keep Dickey and we're garbage for the next couple years. We lose him and we're garbage for the next couple years. Let's make the best of it and at least try to situate ourselves for a better future.

That rumored deal would be great. Thole is mediocre at absolute best and Duda is horrible. Maybe be can be an average DH. The prospects we'd get back range from very good to blue chip.

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