The Atlanta Braves have made the first major signing of the winter, by signing former Toronto Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey to a one-year deal, with a club option for the 2018 season. Jon Heyman of MLB Network has the details.
Dickey, 42, is one of the oldest players left in baseball, but it hasn't affected his production. Dickey won the 2012 NL Cy Young award while with the New York Mets, and also owns an All-Star appearance with the Mets, and a Gold Glove with the Toronto Blue Jays. The 14 year veteran of Major League Baseball broke in with the Texas Rangers in 2001, after being taken with the 18th overall selection in the 1996 MLB Draft.
Dickey spent five seasons in Texas, before spending one season each with the Seattle Mariners and Minnesota Twins. The knuckleballer then signed with the Mets where he spent three of his best seasons before being dealt to the Blue Jays in the now famous trade that included Mets sensation Noah Syndergaard.
Dickey went 10-15 with a 4.46 ERA in 29 starts with the Blue Jays last season in what was a relatively down year. Despite this, his National League statistics are remarkable, with a 39-28 record and 2.95 ERA, and going to Atlanta could spark a turnaround.
The Braves have been rumored to be seeking starting pitching, and Dickey could be the perfect mentor for the young starters the Braves have. It also gives the Braves flexibility to flip Dickey at the trade deadline should the team be falling out of contention.null