Until Monday, teams signing either Kimbrel or Keuchel would have lost a draft pick because they turned down qualifying offers. The latest one to do so is Dallas Keuchel who will reportedly be joining the Atlanta Braves on a one-year deal worth about $13 million.
Keuchel, 31, is coming off a 2018 season in which he posted a 3.74 ERA, 3.69 FIP, and 2.6 bWAR over 204 innings for the Astros. Per Brown, Keuchel is scheduled to start on Saturday for Triple-A Gwinnett against Durham.
The top two free agents on the market in Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel have finally been signed. It's not impossible he will suit up for the Braves before the All-Star break, giving Atlanta a boost in a tightly contested N.L. East in which they now trail the Phillies by two games.
He rebounded with a 3.23 ERA over his final 20 starts. Those are somewhat disappointing numbers after the lefty posted an ERA under 3.00 in three of the previous four seasons, including a 20-win campaign in 2015.More news: Man Utd to hand Lingard bumper new contract
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An earlier version of this story incorrectly attributed the media organization that first reported the signing of Dallas Keuchel with the Atlanta Braves. "He got ultra-focused on just getting back to his strengths and being himself".
He is 76-63 with a 3.66 ERA in seven major league seasons, all with the Astros.
"I think any team that gets a player of that stature is going to be fortunate", Snitker said when asked about Keuchel's potential arrival prior to Friday's series opener against the Miami Marlins.
Keuchel had spent his entire career with the Astros after they selected him in the seventh round of the 2009 draft.