The MLB offeseason has kicked off with a signing of a knuckleballer.
The Atlanta Braves have signed R.A. Dickey, a former New York Met and more recently, a Toronto Blue Jay. Dickey has received a one-year deal (terms undisclosed) with an option for 2018. Dickey, 42, and has a contract that could run through 2018.
Last season, Dickey went 10-15 for the Blue Jays, with a 4.46 ERA, 1.37 WHIP and struck out 126 in 169 2/3 innings. Through the previous five seasons, Dickey averaged 219 innings pitched. When Dickey pitched for the Mets in 2012, he went 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA, 1.05 WHIP and 230 strikeouts in 233 2/3 innings. He was selected to the All-Star game and won the Cy Young award.
Dickey will provide an innings eater to a young Braves ball club and will aid the rotation:
- Julio Teheran
- R.A. Dickey
- Josh Collmenter
- Mike Foltynewicz, Matt Wisler and Aaron Blair will fight for the last two spots for the back end of the rotation.
Dickey also pitched for the Twins, Mariners and Rangers during his 14-year career. He has a 110-108 record with a 4.01 ERA throughout his career.