The other notable free agent of the season has finally signed. Former Astro Dallas Keuchel has signed a 1-year, $13 million deal with the Atlanta Braves for the remainder of the 2019 season. Even though it has been reported that Keuchel has been throwing simulated games throughout the season, it will still take some time to face live hitters and become acclimated with the club. Many expect Keuchel to be ready to pitch in the majors by late June or early July.
Keuchel, 31 years old and 4 seasons removed from his Cy-Young campaign, looks to regain his success from years past. This two-time All-Star has had his fair share of ups and downs over his career. During his Cy-Young season, he won 20 games in 232 IP, both of which were league leading. He finished with a 2.48 ERA, a 2.91 FIP, and a league-leading 1.017 WHIP. His 2018 campaign was less than stellar, finishing with a 3.74 ERA, a 3.69 FIP, and a 1.314 WHIP. These stats are not horrible by any means, but not expected for the ace.
Tim Brown has reported that Keuchel will report for his physical on Friday, June 7th in Atlanta. He is scheduled to make his first start for the organization in AAA Gwinnett on Saturday, June 8th. With him starting in AAA, could we see Keuchel in the majors helping the young Braves club sooner than expected? Only time will tell.
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