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Dallas Keuchel, Brewers are ideal match

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Dallas Keuchel remains on the free-agent market despite the regular season nearing. He was the second-best starting pitcher available this offseason behind left-hander Patrick Corbin, who signed a six-year, $140 million deal with the Washington Nationals on Dec. 7,

Keuchel has been one of baseball’s top left-handed pitchers over the last five years. The 31-year-old hurler hoped to land a deal similar to Corbin’s this offseason but his age likely scared teams away.

With the major-league season beginning in nearly two weeks, Keuchel likely won’t get a deal anywhere near his initial demand and will have to settle for a short-term deal.

If Keuchel is willing to sign a two-year deal worth around $30 million, the Milwaukee Brewers should jump at the opportunity to sign the former Cy Young winner.

The veteran hurler is coming off a season where he pitched in a career-high 34 games and posted a 3.74 ERA with 153 strikeouts and 58 walks in 204 2/3 innings. 

Although he led the league with 211 hits allowed and saw his strikeouts per nine innings drop to 6.7, Keuchel would give the Brewers a top-of-the-rotation pitcher they desperately need if they want to duplicate last year’s success.

Keuchel attacks the zone and generates a high ground ball rate, making him an ideal fit for Miller Park. He also would give the Brewers’ rotation stability, something they don’t have.

Jhoulys Chacin is coming off a career year, Zach Davies and Chase Anderson haven’t displayed consistency throughout their careers, and Jimmy Nelson is a wildcard after missing all last season. Brandon Woodruff, Corbin Burnes, Freddy Peralta and Zack Brown are all young arms without a proven track record at the major-league level.

Last season, the rotation performed well with the assistance of a deep bullpen, but the Brewers can’t hope for a similar outcome again. No one knows what to expect from any of the Brewers’ current rotation options because they all have question marks and have never displayed consistency from a year-to-year basis. 

Keuchel and the Brewers are an ideal match. He gives them veteran leadership, playoff experience and would provide stability to a rotation that doesn’t have that. The Brewers, despite being a small-market team, can afford him, especially if they’re serious about winning a World Series this season.

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  5. Bryce

    March 10, 2019 at 10:22 am

    I do like the fit and believe Mark A. would pony up if the price is right. Kuechel could be the last piece to push the Brewers over the top this coming season. It will even help to deepen their bullpen even further since Woodruff likely goes back to the bullpen.

  6. George

    March 10, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    Just verbal wanking on your part. If Keuchel was willing to drop his price to $30M/2 yrs, just about ANY team would be interested in signing him. There has never been a lack of interest in signing Keuchel, just a lack of interest in signing him to a 5 year deal for approximately $20M a year, as has been widely reported as the contract expectations of Keuchel.

    If you want to move the goal posts from where Boras has planted them, well OF COURSE the Brewers would be interested—as would the Astros, Angels, Phillies, etc. There would be a bidding war for a 2 or 3 year deal for Keuchel.

    It doesn’t require sophisticated analysis to suggest Keuchel could have a deal if he’s willing to slash his salary demands.

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