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Atlanta Braves Expected To Pursue R.A. Dickey This Offseason

R.A. Dickey is among the veteran pitchers the Atlanta Braves are looking at heading into the offseason.

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.

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