No longer attached to a draft pick, free agent pitcher Dallas Keuchel has finally found a home, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $13 million with the Atlanta Braves.
The person spoke to USA TODAY Sports on the condition of anonymity because the deal was not yet official.
Keuchel, 31, has a 3.28 ERA in 145 starts over the past five seasons. He won the AL Cy Young Award in 2015 — and finished fifth in MVP voting — with 20 wins with a 2.48 ERA.
Keuchel's agent Scott Boras told MLB Network last week that the lefty could be ready to pitch in the majors a week after signing if that's what his new team wanted, and that Keuchel had thrown seven simulated games of 95-104 pitches every five days.
Keuchel pitching for the Astors in June 2018. (Photo: Thomas Shea, USA TODAY Sports)
Along with closer Craig Kimbrel — who is set to sign with the Chicago Cubs — Keuchel's failure to sign this winter has been one of the biggest story lines over the past few years. With the MLB draft having already taken place, the free agents no longer cost their new team a draft pick. Keuchel and Kimbrel each had the draft pick attached because they received $17.9 million qualifying offers from their previous teams.
Keuchel has a 3.31 ERA in 51 ⅔ career postseason innings.
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