The Atlanta Braves are expected to pursue veteran pitching this offseason to compliment their young pitching staff. According to a tweet from Mark Bowman of MLB.com, in response to a fan's tweet at him asking a question, right-handed pitcher R.A. Dickey is reportedly "expected to be among the pitchers the Braves will pursue" this winter.
The soon-to-be 42-year-old knuckleballer experienced a down 2016 campaign, which saw him post a 10-15 record, along with a 4.46 ERA, 5.03 FIP and a 4.76 xFIP, in 170 innings pitched. Over 30 appearances (29 starts), he recorded a 96 ERA+, as well as a 126-to-63 strikeout-to-walk ratio, en route to a 1.0 fWAR.
Once an 18th-overall selection by the Texas Rangers in the 1996 amateur draft, Dickey does not sport a UCL in his right pitching elbow, which caused his signing bonus to be lowered. He pitched in five separate seasons for the Rangers (2001, 2003-2006), only going 16-19 with a 5.72 ERA, along with two saves, in 266 innings pitched over 77 appearances (33 starts). He would transition into being a knuckleball pitcher in 2006.
He would then hit the Milwaukee Brewers' organization, while appearing in 67 major-league games (15 starts) with the Seattle Mariners and the Minnesota Twins. He finally hit gold during the 2010-2012 seasons with the New York Mets, as he progressed to a 39-28 record, along with a 2.95 ERA, in 616 and 2/3 innings pitched over 94 appearances (91 starts), including a Cy Young award campaign in 2012, which saw him go 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA.
However, since getting traded to the Toronto Blue Jays before the 2013 season, he has fallen back down to earth. In four seasons with the Canadian squad, Dickey posted a 49-52 record, along with a 4.05 ERA, in 824 and 1/3 innings pitched over 131 appearances (130 starts). Over his 14-year big league career, he owns a 110-108 record, along with a 4.01 ERA.null