Certainly one of Bruce and Dickerson is not part of the plan (if not both). Since we got Dickerson for basically nothing (PTNL, Int Money) we dont have much of a downside, but it is a pretty good sign that the team thinks that Bruce will not be available for the rest of this month or season.
If we could trade Bruce for a bullpen arm this offseason and resign Dickerson that would be the best "value" in my opinion, but my guess is that Dickerson just walks. The team needs to start to maximize these types of assets, I know Klentak has spent the last 2 deadlines dumpster diving but at some point we need to start to either acquire useful parts or maybe even core parts (not a criticism of Klentak, who has done a good job of getting a little bit of something for nothing in the last 2 deadlines, but at some point he has to do more).
If we don't start to pick up the missing pieces this team needs soon (in the next 18 months?) then the rebuild will have been a complete failure. We have already cashed in much of the rebuild (Alfaro, Crawford, etc.) for older pieces to try and win, but then they didnt follow through and actually finish that during this deadline because (I assume) the teams management realized that we were not going to win the division and therefore our "shot" this season was minimal. That needs to change in the next 2 seasons or we will be back to square one because our farm system is not strong enough to provide another "core" to build from.
The next two drafts and international periods are CRUCIAL to this teams success. We have a farm system that does not have the prospects to maintain a winning franchise, they need to have strong, strong farm growth and possibly cash in some of our veterans for prospects (difficult to do when you want to try and win) or we will be in big trouble in 2021 and beyond and will be back to rebuilding (but this time without a 5 years success period similar to last time).
This offseason is critical, again.