Dickey to fans: ‘You guys deserve better’

The Toronto Blue Jays' 2013 season did not meet the lofty expectations that some had prior to campaign beginning. (CP/Steven Senne)

R.A. Dickey says Toronto Blue Jays fans deserve better.

The knuckleballer took to Twitter Wednesday, apologizing for the Blue Jays’ disappointing 2013 season.

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Dickey recovered from a slow start this year, but the same cannot be said for the Blue Jays, who enter play Wednesday with a 72-85 record after beginning the season as World Series favourites.

Acquired in a seven-player trade with the New York Mets, Dickey arrived in Toronto as the defending National League Cy Young winner. After 33 starts spanning 217.1 innings, he has a 4.27 ERA with 174 strikeouts in 2013.

Dickey remains under contract for two more seasons, and will earn $12 million per year in 2014-15. Before the apology, he had not commented on Twitter since August 7.