Toronto Blue Jays pitcher R.A. Dickey is among the elite players who have committed to playing in the upcoming World Baseball Classic for the United States.
The 2012 NL Cy Young Award winner headlines a list that includes the Milwaukee Brewers’ outfielder Ryan Braun, Minnesota Twins’ catcher Joe Mauer and Miami Marlins’ third baseman Giancarlo Stanton as some of the world-class names headed to the event.
Dickey will play a prominent role on a star-studded U.S.A. team that will be managed by four-time World Series champion Joe Torre.
The 38-year-old knuckleballer will be joined by fellow veteran Andy Pettite, while the bullpen will have All-Stars Craig Kimbrel and Chris Perez waiting.
Dickey is coming off a career year where he went 20-6 with a 2.73 E.R.A. and struck out 230 batters with the New York Mets.
On December 16, Dickey was traded from the Mets to the Toronto Blue Jays and signed a two-year, $25 million extension with the club the following day.