Sources: Dallas Keuchel Agrees to Deal with BravesBy David A.
A source in MLB says that the Atlanta Braves and left-handed pitcher Dallas Keuchel reached an agreement for the free-agent hurler to play for the Braves.
The veteran lefthander will sign a one-year contract for $13 million with it prorated from an annual $21.21 million figure.
Keuchel will undergo a physical on Friday and will start on Saturday for Triple-A affiliated Gwinnett.
The Braves are 33-29 and began play on Thursday two games behind first place Philadelphia in the National League East.
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The Braves were interested as well in signing former Red Sox closer Craig Kimbrel. However, the Chicago Cubs were more aggressive in their offer. As a result, on Wednesday the All-Star signed a three-year $43 million deal with the Cubs.
Atlanta has several young, talented starters in Max Fried, Mike Soroka, Mike Foltynewicz and Kevin Gausman. Keuchel will help to stabilize the rotation.
Keuchel, who won the 2015 American League Cy Young Award, was 12-11 with an ERA of 3.74 and 153 Ks during the 2018 regular season. During the postseason, Keuchel started twice and was 0-0 with an ERA of 3.60.
After last season, Keuchel, who is 32, turned down a qualifying offer of $17.9 made by Houston.
In 2018, Dallas Keuchel started slow, losing eight of 13 starts. Although he bounced back over his last 20 starts, posting an ERA of 3.23.
In 2017, Dallas Keuchel was selected to a second All-Star Game and finished the season 14-5 with an ERA of 2.90 in 23 starts during the regular season. Keuchel won Game 2 of the AL Division Series against Boston and Game 1 of the AL Championship Series versus the Yankees.
During his seven seasons with Houston, Keuchel posted a record of 76-63 with an ERA of 3.66. In his 2015 Cy Young year, Keuchel finished 20-8 with an ERA of 2.48, his career-best, in 33 starts and started for the American League in the All-Star Game.