3. R.A. Dickey — Atlanta Braves
Of all the players on this list, R.A. Dickey may have been the most controversial. The former NL Cy Young winner was either loved by fiercely-loyal fans or disparaged as the most inconsistent old man on the mound.
Now 42-years-old, Dickey joined the Atlanta Braves for the 2017 season, with a team option for 2018.
For four years, Dickey laboured through inconsistent first halves and strong post-All Star numbers that all put together weren’t terrible (49-52, 4.05 ERA, 6 CG, 1.25 WHIP). He pitched more than 200 innings in three of the four seasons but he probably didn’t meet early expectations and that’s probably why there was so much controversy about him.
He was acquired in a deal with the New York Mets after he had a great season, winning the Cy Young and getting some MVP votes. The Blue Jays traded their current catcher (John Buck), catcher of the future (Travis D’Arnaud) and one of their top pitching prospects (Noah Syndergaard) in the deal. It’s Syndergaard that still haunts Jays fans and creates the animosity. He is now an All-Star with the Mets and has posted some great numbers to start his career: 23-16, 2.89, 384 SO).
Still, Dickey didn’t battle any injuries and he gave the Jays a good chance to win every time he took the mound. Maybe he’ll find some of that old magic back in the National League. If Bartolo Colon can do it, he can do it?