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R.A. Dickey signs with the Atlanta Braves

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The Atlanta Braves just announced that they have signed pitcher R.A. Dickey to a one-year deal with a club option for 2018.  The financial terms have not yet been disclosed.

Dickey, 42, was 10-15 with a 4.46 ERA and a K/BB ratio of  126/63 in 169.2 innings. The former Cy Young Award winner gave up 28 homers and had his highest WHIP (1.367) since 2009, however, as his evolution from a top-of-the-line starter to innings eater continued apace.

Which is perfectly fine for the Braves. They had a nice second half but are continuing to rebuild, with the progress of their young starters lagging the pace the club wanted to see in 2016. Having an old man to come out and toss flutterballs every fifth day is exactly what a young staff which will lean on the bullpen a lot needs. Even if he gets knocked around a good bit.

A smart signing for Atlanta. And one that is pretty fan-friendly to boot. Dickey is fun to watch pitch even if he’s not what he once was.

Brad Ausmus interviewing for Astros manager job

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I did the Handsome Managers list in December. Thought I had moved on. Thought I’d never have to think about him again. But here is, walking right back in my door: Brad Ausmus is interviewing for the vacant Astros manager job. So reports Brian McTaggart of MLB.com.

Ausmus played for the Astros longer than he played for any other team in the bigs, notching ten years of service in two stints and playing on the 2005 NL Pennant-winning club. As a manager, you know, that he led the Tigers for four seasons and was the Angels’ skipper last year.

Houston has already interviewed Dusty Baker for the job. They’ll presumably want someone in place before spring training begins in a few weeks.