41-Year-Old Pitcher – Toronto Blue Jays
2015 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
As great as Dickey’s Cy Young campaign was in 2012, it was almost impossible to envision him continuing at that level. Yeah, a knuckleballer is impervious to some of the age-related concerns that plag...
R.A. Dickey Contract Information:
In December of 2012, signed a two-year, $25 million extension through 2015 with the Blue Jays that includes a team option for $12 million in 2016.
Dickey's club option for 2016 was exercised by the Blue Jays Tuesday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.
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2 Games: Avg. 6.0 IP/G
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5 Games: Avg. 6.3 IP/G
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12 Games: Avg. 6.4 IP/G
R.A. Dickey Split Stats (View Full Split Stats)
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2015 Stat Review for R.A. Dickey As compared to the top 100 starting pitchers in 2014 (min 145 in)
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Toronto Blue Jays Roster
MajorsBautista, Jose (OF)
AAAAyala, Luis (P)
AAAldridge, Cory (OF)
A+Alford, Anthony (OF)
ADavis, D.J. (OF)
RookieAnderson, Jacob (OF)
R.A. Dickey: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
On a team full of disappointments, Dickey was arguably the biggest, finishing with a 4.21 ERA and 7.1 K/9 in his first season as a Blue Jay. While his strikeout rate didn't dip back down to pre-2012 levels, it still represented a major drop-off from the 8.9 K/9 he posted in 2012. The silver lining is that Dickey turned in a strong 1.24 WHIP and pitched much better late in the season. His 3.55 ERA after the All-Star break actually wasn't far from what the Blue Jays could expect, given that Dickey was transitioning from the NL East to the AL East. A repeat of the 2012 Cy Young season is highly unlikely, but it won't be surprising if Dickey establishes himself as the solid starter that we saw late in 2013.
It all came together for Dickey last year, as he was dominant from start to finish to earn the 2012 NL Cy Young Award. He finished with 20 wins (nine more than high previous career high), led the NL with 230 strikeouts, and was only behind Clayton Kershaw in the NL with a 2.73 ERA. The Mets exercised their $5 million option on Dickey for 2013, but then opted to trade him to the Blue Jays in December upon his agreement to a two-year, $25 million contract extension. Even with the move into a loaded AL East, Dickey's hard knuckleball mixed with his sneaky fastball is a deadly combination and should continue to keep hitters off balance most nights.
Dickey dealt with a variety of ailments during the season including a split fingernail, tight left glute and partially torn plantar fascia in his right foot, yet he may have pitched his best during the last two months of the season. He once again held batters to a low BABIP (.288) proving that the previous year's mark was no fluke. Dickey's GB/FB ratio dropped slightly last year, which may be concerning given that the Mets have moved the fences in at Citi Field. The team around him isn't great, yet Dickey should still be a solid starter with a good ERA and WHIP.
Dickey came out of nowhere to finish the year with a 2.84 ERA, 1.187 WHIP and 104:42 K:BB ratio in 174.1 innings with the Mets, finishing seventh in the league in ERA. Dickey might have been the best of former GM Omar Minaya's bargain basement signings. He was a groundball machine, generating twice as many groundouts than flyouts while holding batters to a .281 BABIP, which may be sustainable due to the difficulty in hitting a knuckleball. It's also possible the bottom falls out as quickly as it rose, but Dickey is locked in as the Mets' second starter while Johan Santana is sidelined.
A Rule 5 refugee, Dickey came in handy last season when the Mariners needed a long man or a spot starter. Dickey transformed himself into a knuckleballer after his last stint in the majors in 2006 but certainly hasn't mastered the pitch. When he controlled it, he was effective; when he didn't, he got rocked. In half of his 14 starts, he posted a 2.33 ERA and averaged 6.2 innings per start. In the other half, he had a 13.68 ERA and averaged 4.1 innings pitched. He was better as a reliever than a starter, with a 2.00 ERA out of the bullpen. As a result, Minnesota signed him to compete for a set-up role this spring.
In the minors, and with modest success, Dickey added a knuckleball to his increasingly hittable repertoire in an attempt to save his career. He surely didn't pitch well in the majors, allowing mulitple earned runs in every appearance that lasted more than an inning. That he's still on Texas' 40-man roster is a bit of a surprise. He'll compete for a bullpen role in the spring.
Dickey went from a feel-good story in April to getting his brains beat in over the rest of the season. He was decent as a reliever toward the end of the year, which may be his role for 2005.
Dickey was passable as a starter for Texas the final few months, though a few forgettable starts tarnished the final numbers. His best starts came against AL lightweights Detroit, Cleveland and Baltimore, but there were solid starts against Toronto and Boston mixed in too. Dickey went two days between his first career complete game shutout and his first career save, which figures to be an answer to a trivia question somewhere.