R.A. Dickey’s knuckler in regular season form

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MLB.com’s Matthew Leach posted this video showcasing Blue Jays starter R.A. Dickey’s knuckleball, which just makes you feel sorry for the catcher.

Dickey’s knuckler is notoriously difficult to catch, and as a result, the Jays will be assigning their new ace a personal catcher for the 2013 season. They will make the decision soon after the World Baseball Classic, according to manager John Gibbons.

The Jays can choose between Josh Thole, who caught Dickey in 66 of the right-hander’s 91 starts over the last three seasons, and Henry Blanco, who caught seven of Dickey’s 27 starts in 2010 with the Mets. Either catcher would be the back-up to J.P. Arencibia. Arencibia spent the off-season learning to catch Dickey’s knuckler — without a cup.

Adeiny Hechavarría rejoins Braves on one-year, $1 million deal

Adeiny Hechavarría
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On Thursday, ESPN’s Jeff Passan reported that the Braves and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarría reunited on a one-year, $1 million contract.

Hechavarría, 30, began the season with the Mets but was released in mid-August and joined the Braves shortly thereafter. He enjoyed more success in Atlanta, albeit in a smaller sample size. In aggregate, Hechavarría hit .241/.299/.443 with nine home runs and 33 RBI over 221 trips to the plate. More importantly, he provided versatility with above-average defense.

The Braves are banking on Hechavarría doing more of the same in 2020 as a backup infielder. He will spell Ozzie Albies, Dansby Swanson, Johan Camargo, and Austin Riley as needed.