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R.A. Dickey reveals he had offseason knee surgery

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R.A. Dickey arrived at Blue Jays camp on Sunday and revealed to reporters, including Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com, that he underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee soon after the Blue Jays were eliminated by the Royals in the 2015 American League Championship Series.

Dickey said the rehab process only lasted 4-6 weeks and seemed confident that he would be a full participant in Blue Jays camp this spring, but this is obviously still something worth monitoring for a guy entering his age-41 season.

The veteran knuckleballer posted a 3.91 ERA in 214 1/3 regular-season innings last year for Toronto. He had one good postseason start (versus Texas) and then one very bad one in ALCS Game 4 against Kansas City.

Dickey is owed $12 million in 2016 — the final year of his current deal.

Report: Diamondbacks sign Jarrod Dyson to two-year, $7.5 million contract

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ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reports that the Diamondbacks have signed outfielder Jarrod Dyson to a two-year contract. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the deal is worth $7.5 million.

Dyson, 33, spent last season with the Mariners. He hit an underwhelming .251/.324/.350, but stole 28 bases while playing superb defense in center field.

Dyson doesn’t quite make up for the Diamondbacks losing J.D. Martinez, who just signed with the Red Sox, but he will bring some speed and defense to the outfield along with A.J. Pollock. It’s not quite clear how the D-Backs plan to utilize Dyson. That should be made clear after the deal is announced.