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RA Dickey agrees to $8M deal with Braves

R.A. Dickey was won over by an Atlanta Braves sales team that included two Hall of Famers, including a fellow knuckleballer.

Dickey said he knew the Braves would be a good fit after meeting in Nashville, Tennessee, with a group that included manager Brian Snitker, general manager John Coppolella and two Hall of Famers — former manager Bobby Cox and knuckleballer Phil Niekro.

"I had a great feeling then there was great hope I would be able to join the organization," Dickey said Thursday after agreeing to a one-year contract with an $8 million guarantee.

He considers Niekro to be part of the "Jedi council of knuckleballers" who influenced his...

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