The Atlanta Braves have signed R.A. Dickey to a 1 year deal with a option for 2018. The value of the contract is yet to be revealed.
With Atlanta, the veteran knuckleballer will be tasked with providing innings and experience to an otherwise youthful staff. He notched over 200 frames annually from 2011 through 2015, and might have again last year had the Blue Jays not limited his exposure late in the year.
Certainly, the Braves won’t expect the Dickey of yore, but there’s some reason to hope he can still provide quality in addition to length out of the rotation. Dickey won the Cy Young award 37 years of age and provided the Jays with a 3.95 ERA over his first three campaigns in Toronto.
I’m not really sure what the hell Atlanta is thinking here. They are still a ways away from contending for anything real, and their minor-league system at the moment is like 95% pitchers. Apparently Atlanta is searching for several starters this off-season and there’s even talk of them going hard after Matt Wieters for whatever that’s worth.