Heyman adds Dickey has cleared waivers, but the Braves are not all that interested in trading the 2012 National League Cy Young winner.
Dickey, 42, has pitched a team-high 141.0 innings with a 3.89 ERA in 23 starts after signing with Atlanta last winter. The right-hander has pitched at least 200 innings on five occasions.
Picking up the option on Dickey, who has a $500,000 buyout, would give the Braves a durable starter at a reasonable price. Dickey, however, has yet to publicly commit to returning in 2018.
“I haven’t really kicked it around. Just trying to get through this season. It’s everything I can do to just stay in the moment with it at this point,” Dickey told David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution last week when asked about the contract option.
-- Doug Mittler