Dickey’s $8M option declined by Braves, who keep Flowers

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher R.A. Dickey (19) works in the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals. (John Bazemore/AP)

ATLANTA — The Atlanta Braves have declined their $8 million option on 42-year-old knuckleballer R.A. Dickey and exercised their $4 million option on catcher Tyler Flowers.

Dickey was the Braves’ most consistent starter this season, going 10-10 with a 4.26 ERA in 31 starts. He said at the end of the season he will meet with his family before deciding whether he wants to pitch in 2018.

He gets a $500,000 buyout and becomes eligible for free agency.

Flowers, 31, will return for his third season with Atlanta after hitting a career-best .281 with 12 homers and 49 RBIs. He had arthroscopic surgery on his left wrist Oct. 9 and is expected to be ready for spring training.

Flowers and Kurt Suzuki combined to give the Braves 30 homers and 98 RBIs at catcher last season. Suzuki agreed to a $1.5 million, one-year contract for 2018 on Sept. 23.

The Braves made the announcements Monday.