LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. â?? One word the Atlanta Braves are not using this spring is “contender.” However, a word they are more loathe to use is “rebuilding.”
While the Braves aren’t ready to proclaim darkhorse status in the National League East after finishing last in the division a year ago, they have hopes of at being a much more representative club.
One player who has been impressed by what he has seen so far in spring training is R.A. Dickey, the 42-year-old knuckleballer who signed a one-year, $8 million contract in the offseason.
“I learned a long time ago in this game to not make predictions but I do feel that most of us play up to our pedigree then it could be a special season,” Dickey said. “I know a lot of people on the outside see us as pretty low on the totem pole and that’s understandable.
“I like what I have seen so far this spring. We might not finish as low on that totem pole as people think.”
The Braves signed Dickey and 43-year-old right-hander Bartolo Colon as free agents over …
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