Braves agree to terms with pitcher R.A. Dickey

The Atlanta Braves today agreed to terms with free-agent right-handed pitcher R.A. Dickey on a one-year Major League contract for the 2017 season with a club option for 2018. The deal is pending a physical exam and approval from Major League Baseball. Financial terms were not disclosed. 

Dickey, 42, owns a 110-108 career record with a 4.01 ERA in 369 games (269 starts). He notched at least 200 innings pitched in five consecutive seasons from 2011 to 2015 and his 1,441 innings pitched over the last seven seasons (since 2010) ranks ninth in the majors, while his 88 wins in that span ranks tied for 14th. All but three seasons (2010-12) of his career have been spent in the American League.

The right-hander went 10-15 with a 4.46 ERA in 30 appearances for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2016, his fourth season with the club and his 14th Major League campaign. He made 29 starts before making his lone relief appearance in his final outing of the season on September 21. He earned the A.L. Gold Glove Award with the Blue Jays in 2013.

Dickey's three seasons with the New York Mets produced a 39-28 record and a 2.95 ERA in 94 games (91 starts). He won a career-high 20 games in his final season with New York in 2012, when he captured the National League Cy Young Award and was a member of the N.L. All-Star team. He also posted a career-best ERA of 2.73 that season, while working a career-high and N.L.-leading 233.2 IP. His 20 wins tied for second in the majors, while his ERA ranked fourth. 

A native of Nashville, Tenn., Dickey attended the University of Tennessee and was selected in the first round (18th overall) of the 1996 amateur draft by the Texas Rangers. He made his Major League debut with the Rangers in 2001.

The Braves are Dickey's sixth Major League organization. He pitched parts of five seasons with Texas (2001-06), a year with Seattle (2008), a year with Minnesota (2009), three years with the Mets (2010-12) and four seasons with Toronto.