US Navy RADM, David F Baucom, served his country for 34 years. During this time, the rear admiral earned an MS in Acquisition and Contract Management at The Naval Postgraduate School. David Baucom enjoys baseball, and his favorite team is the Atlanta Braves.
The Braves disappointed fans during the 2016 season and finished in last place in the NL East division. Pitching was the biggest problem as they were ranked 24 out of 30 in team statistics, and though the team has several youngsters that will no doubt be the future of the franchise, throwing help was needed for the club as they move into their new stadium (Suntrust Park).
Fortunately, management has been busy in the off-season and signed two veteran free agents and traded two of their underperforming pitchers and a second baseman to the St Louis Cardinals for left-hander Jaime Garcia.
The most high-profile move was the signing of the right-handed 43-year-old veteran, Bartolo Colon to a one-year $12.5 million contract. Despite losing some speed on his fastball, his experience and reliability on the mound will make him a valuable addition to the Braves’ rotation.
The other right-hander signed was the 42-year-old, R.A. Dickey, for $7.5 million. The knuckleball specialist won the Cy Young Award just five years ago when he threw for the NY Mets, but he his time since then with the Blue Jays wasn’t nearly as productive.