The final piece of a delayed free agency is off the board as Dallas Keuchel has signed with the Atlanta Braves, according to David O’Brien of the Athletic.
The Braves again find themselves in a close NL-East race with the Philadelphia Phillies and look to solidify the front end of the rotation following ace Mike Foltynewicz and starter Kevin Gausman getting rocked by the Pirates in back-to-back games. The outings are just tip of the iceberg for the two young starters, as Atlanta now implements a front-line veteran.
O’Brien believes it to be a one-year deal, but nothing confirmed other than the fact that a deal is in place. If Keuchel bombs after not having pitched half a season, Atlanta has wiggle room. But it could be a sneaky-great signing with the former American League Cy Young winner at the top of your playoff rotation. He also has playoff experience, something the Braves desperately lack in their pitching. Keuchel won a World Series with Houston in 2017 and had an excellent outing against the Yankees in the 2015 Wild Card Game.
For Keuchel, he’s posted a lifetime 3.66 ERA with around 950 strikeouts in 7 seasons, all with the Astros. Keuchel is predominately a groundball pitcher, and will have an excellent infield defensively with the combination of Donaldson/Swanson on the left and Albies/Freeman on the right.
More to come.
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