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42 Year Old RA Dickey Signs A One-Year Deal With The Atlanta Braves

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Former Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher, RA Dickey, has agreed to a one-year deal with a club option included for the 2018 season. Although RA Dickey is 42 years old the Braves signed the knuckleballer to eat up innings and play a veteran role for a young Atlanta team that is currently amidst a rebuild.

Dickey grew up as an Atlanta Braves fan and said that the Braves were near the top of his list of prospective teams due to the short travel distance. Upon agreeing to his one-year contract, which includes a $8 million dollar guarantee, he stated:

“I had a great feeling then there was great hope I would be able to join the organization,”

Dickey’s 2016 season was not stellar,  As a member of the Toronto Blue Jays he posted a 10-15 record with a 4.46 ERA and had 126 strikeouts through 169 2/3 innings. Dickey’s production is definitely down from his previous five seasons where he averaged 219 innings pitched. The Braves have signed the knuckleballer obviously hoping for Dickey to produce numbers similar to his 2014 and 2015 seasons.

Back 2012 Dickey won the Cy Young award with the New York Mets. He posted a record of 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA and made it to his first and only All-Star game. Maybe bringing Dickey back into the NL East will give him a boost for the 2017 season.

Dickey talked about moving to Atlanta and his goals for the upcoming season:

“Pitching in the AL East is a little bit difficult. The parks are smaller, and you’re facing the DH. But I still feel like I competed well there. This year in particular I physically felt really good, and I don’t see any reason why that should stop. I’m very blessed that I’ve made every start in the last seven years of my career, and my hope and expectation — and I hope it’s the Braves’ expectation of me — is to pitch 200 innings and have 33 starts.”

Dickey is now slotted as the number 2 pitcher in the Braves crazy 8 man rotation. Although this will probably shrink down to 5 or 6 pitchers the Braves will probably keep searching for another veteran pitcher to add to their rotation over the off-season.