R.A. Dickey

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Age: 38 (born October 29, 1974)
Position: Starting pitcher
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Number: 43
Acquired: Free agent
Contract: No longer with Mets

Robert Alan “R. A.” Dickey pitched for the Mets from 2010 to 2012. He pitched well in all three seasons, and in 2012 became the third Met to win the Cy Young Award.

During the 2000s, Dickey had pitched seven seasons with the Rangers, Mariners and Twins. He signed with the Mets as a free agent in December of 2009. In the ’10 season, R. A. had 11 wins and led the Mets with a 2.84 earned run average. He had seven strikeouts in six scoreless innings for his first win as a Met in the team’s 8-0 victory over the Phillies on May 25 at Citi Field. He pitched eight scoreless innings for his sixth consecutive win in a 5-0 Mets triumph over the Tigers at Citi Field on June 23. Dickey hurled eight and one-third scoreless innings and was the winning pitcher in the Mets’ 4-0 victory over the Cardinals on July 29 at Citi Field. He struck out seven batters and pitched a one-hit shutout in a 1-0 Mets win over the Phillies on August 13 at Citi Field. R. A. was the winning pitcher in the Mets’ 3-2 triumph over the Nationals at Washington on September 8. He also pitched a complete game five-hitter for the win in a 9-1 Mets victory over the Pirates on September 14 at Citi Field.

In 2011, Dickey led the Mets with 208 and two-thirds innings pitched. He recorded eight wins and 134 strikeouts while posting a team-leading 3.28 earned run average for the season. At Florida on April 3, R. A. fanned seven hitters in six innings and got the win in the Mets’ 9-2 victory over the Marlins. He chalked up six strikeouts in six innings pitched and recorded the win in a 2-1 Mets triumph over the Yankees on May 20. Dickey pitched eight innings for the win in the Mets’ 6-4 victory over the Braves on June 5 at Citi Field. He was the winning pitcher in a 14-3 Mets triumph over the Tigers at Detroit on June 28. R. A. pitched seven scoreless innings for the win in a 2-1 Mets victory over the Marlins in the first game of a doubleheader at Citi Field on August 29. He pitched seven innings of four-hit ball and recorded the win in a 1-0 Mets triumph over the Marlins at Florida on September 7. Dickey also hurled six consecutive hitless innings in the Mets' 2-1 win over the Phillies in the first game of a doubleheader at Citi Field on September 24.

Dickey was selected to the National League All-Star team in 2012. For the year, he won 20 games and the N. L. Cy Young Award. R. A. recorded his first win of the season in the Mets’ 4-2 victory over the Braves at Citi Field on April 7. He had seven strikeouts in seven innings pitched for the win in a 5-1 Mets triumph over the Marlins on April 25 at Citi Field. Dickey fanned a total of 21 hitters in 14 and one-third innings pitched and recorded two wins in the Mets’ 3-2 victory at Pittsburgh on May 22 and 2-0 triumph over the Padres at Citi Field on May 27. He pitched a complete game shutout with nine strikeouts in a 5-0 Mets win over the Cardinals on June 2 at Citi Field. R. A. hurled back-to-back one-hitters with a total of 25 strikeouts in the Mets’ 9-1 win at Tampa Bay and 5-0 win over the Orioles at Citi Field on June 13 and June 18, respectively. He struck out ten batters in eight innings for the win in a 9-0 Mets victory over the Dodgers at Los Angeles on June 29. Dickey hurled a five-hit shutout in a 3-0 Mets win over the Marlins at Miami on August 31. He won his 20th game of the year in the Mets' 6-5 triumph over the Pirates on September 27 at Citi Field.

After the season, the Mets traded Dickey and catchers Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas to the Toronto Blue Jays for the Blue Jays' top prospect, catcher Travis d'Arnaud, their top pitching prospect, Noah Syndergaard, 18-year-old outfielder Wuilmer Becerra, and veteran catcher John Buck.

He Tweets at @radickey43.