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After conversations with a representative of a team that trains in Arizona, it appears that the Mariners have offered R.A. Dickey back to the Minnesota Twins and/or placed the knuckleballer on waivers.
If this information proves to be correct, this will be a move that surprises a lot of people. The media, enamored with the knuckleball, has been making it sound like Dickey was a lock to make the 'pen and slowly but surely had me warming up to the idea of his roster inclusion sometime in mid-March.
If Dickey's out then Cha-Seung Baek is in. Both pitched brilliantly this spring, so it's difficult to argue either way.
I'm not completely sold though. The aforementioned quote is more heresay and rumor than report. KOMO's Shannon Drayer wrote yesterday that "RA Dickey will get a look in the heavier air of San Francisco."
I'll keep you posted. Believe it? Don't believe it? I'm certainly skeptical. Would you rather see Baek or Dickey on the roster?