A night after Craig Kimbrel the Chicago Cubs, the other big-name pitcher remaining on the free-agent market has found a home of his own: left-handed starter Dallas Keuchel has reportedly agreed to terms with the Atlanta Braves on one-year deal worth $13 million, per Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports:
For those wondering, the New York Yankees appear to have been outbid by a couple million dollars:
Keuchel, 31, had previously spent his entire seven-year big-league career with the Houston Astros. During his time in Houston, he had amassed a 3.66 ERA (109 ERA+) and 2.76 strikeout-to-walk ratio in nearly 200 appearances, and won the AL Cy Young award in 2015. Over the past three seasons, he posted a 3.77 ERA (107 ERA+) while averaging 173 innings per year.
Keuchel had remained unsigned this winter due to a combination of factors, including draft-pick compensation and his style — he’s a low-spin, low-velocity pitcher in an era where teams want hard-throwers who can challenge batters up in the strike zone.
It’s unclear when Keuchel will join the Braves rotation — it stands to reason he’ll require at least a couple of starts in the minors first — or who he’ll replace — presumably Kevin Gausman will shift to the bullpen — but Atlanta would seem to be in better position to compete now with another veteran mid-rotation starter in hand.