The Atlanta Braves have signed veteran pitchers R.A. Dickey and Bartolo Colon to one year contracts. Dickey will get $8 mil while Colon, an All-Star last year, will earn $12.5 mil. The two 40 year old innings eaters will join Julio Teheran, Mike Foltynewicz and Matt Wisler in the rotation.
Teheran led the Braves with 188 inning pitched, making 30 starts. Wisler (26, 155.2) and Foltynewicz (22, 123.1) were the only other starters to make 20+ starts and/or pitcher 100+ innings.
Colon made 33 starts for the New York Mets, with 190 IP, while Dickey made 29 starts for the Toronto Blue Jays, with 169.1 IP.
Since the 2014 season, the two old-timers have logged more innings than Clayton Kershaw and Jake Arrieta!
It's clear that Atlanta is still not trying to compete in a tough National League East division, but will try to limit the damage as they enter a new ballpark. Their bullpen pitched the 5th most innings in 2016 with the 7th worst xFIP.
However, the Braves need to generate more runs, as they finished 2nd to last in the MLB. Only the Philadelphia Phillies had a harder time scoring. Freddie Freeman was still a solid fantasy baseball player with 102 runs scored, 91 RBI, 34 home runs and a .302 batting average. Draft him with confidence in 2017.