VFL R.A. Dickey will pitch a little closer to home in 2017.
The college All-American and Nashville native signed a one-year major league deal with the Atlanta Braves, the team announced Thursday.
Dickey, 42, had a breakout 2010 campaign for the New York Mets, posting a 2.84 ERA and 11 wins. The knuckleballer won the National League Cy Young Award Mets during the 2012 season, in which he went 20-6 with a 2.43 ERA. His 230 strikeouts were tops in the league, as were his five complete games and three shutouts. That year also marked his first All Star appearance and MVP nomination. Dickey won the Gold Glove award in 2013.
Dickey most recently pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays from 2013-2016, during which he made 97 starts and one relief appearance. He was left off the Blue Jays' playoff roster this season after a down year with a 10-15 record and 4.46 ERA.
As a Vol, Dickey posted a career total of 38-10 with a 3.40 ERA over three seasons. An English major, Dickey was an Academic All-American. The Texas Rangers drafted Dickey no. 18 overall in the 1996 draft. He made his debut for the team in 2001.