FLUSHING, NY—The New York Mets have reportedly inked R.A. Dickey to a two year, $7.5 million dollar deal, avoiding arbitration with the signing. Dickey is undoubtly being rewarded for his surprising yet productive season with the Mets last year.
Dickey was seventh in the National League last season. The knuckleballer had a 2.84 ERA and 11 wins in 26 starts. He was tied him with Johan Santana for the second most wins on the Mets.
Dickey has a 4.70 ERA during his seven year career. He is a veteran at 36 years old but has remained relatively injury free and because of his style of pitching, he might have more endurance than most pitchers of advanced age. One report compared Dickey to Tim Wakefield who did not have consistent success until he turned 34 years old. Phil Niekro also had some of his best years in his 30s. Dickey received a $400,000 salary last year and depending on the Santana's return from shoulder surgery, he could be number two in the rotation.