Braves outbid Yankees, sign Dallas Keuchel to one-year deal, per report

Braves outbid Yankees, sign Dallas Keuchel to one-year deal, per report

- Free agent pitcher Dallas Keuchel and the Atlanta Braves have reached an agreement.

The Atlanta Braves have signed star pitcher Dallas Keuchel, the Major League Baseball franchise announced on Friday.

The Athletic's David O'Brien broke the news Thursday night that Keuchel and the Braves have agreed on a contract.

The one-year deal is reportedly worth $13million and Keuchel, who left the Houston Astros in 2018, will be optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett. During his time in Houston, he had amassed a 3.66 ERA (109 ERA+) and 2.76 strikeout-to-walk ratio in almost 200 appearances, and won the AL Cy Young award in 2015.

The Braves, surprise champions of the National League East a year ago, were outspent and outmaneuvered by division rivals Washington, Philadelphia and NY this winter, and their rotation deficiencies, in particular, were more than evident one-third of the way through this season.

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Interest increased beginning Monday, when the amateur draft started and a club signing him no longer had to give up one or two draft picks and possibly worldwide signing bonus pool allocation. He also started two games in the postseason for the Astros, but did not receive a decision while compiling a 3.60 ERA.

Keuchel posted a 3.74 earned run average and a 1.31 WHIP in 34 starts with the Houston Astros last season. He gets soft contact. He led the league in wins and innings pitched that season, while his ERA ranked second.

Keuchel, who has a 76-63 record with a 3.66 ERA during his seven-year career, was on the Yankees' radar.

"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.

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