Free agent pitcher Dallas Keuchel and the Atlanta Braves have agreed to a one-year contract that would pay the 2015 AL Cy Young Award victor about $13 million, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. According to the Associated Press, the move should be made official once Keuchel passes a physical on Friday.
"The 6-foot-3, 207-pound native of Tulsa, OK, spent last season with the Houston Astros, going 12-11 with a 3.74 ERA (85 ER/204.2 IP) and 153 strikeouts in a career-most 34 starts".
The Braves entered Thursday second in the National League East and now in line for the second wild card spot with a 33-28 record. As mentioned in a previous post, Kimbrel agreed to a multi-year deal with Chicago reportedly worth about $45 million. When he is ready, Keuchel will join a rotation that includes Mike Foltynewicz, Julio Teheran, Max Fried and Mike Soroka.
The 2015 AL Cy Young Award victor will be wearing a Braves jersey.
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The chatter on Keuchel has picked up in recent days as his signing is no longer tied to draft pick compensation.
Keuchel, 2015 Cy Young Award victor and two-time All-Star, undoubtedly will provide a boost to Atlanta's rotation, who has an ERA over four.
He rebounded with a 3.23 ERA over his final 20 starts. He struck out 10 in seven scoreless innings to get the win in the opener of the American League Championship Series against the New York Yankees and won Game 2 of the AL Division Series against the Boston Red Sox. They ranked 17th in the majors in rotation ERA entering Thursday (4.38), making their need for Keuchel as plain as any team in the game.
David O'Brien of The Athletic wrote on Twitter that it "likely" is a one-year deal.