If there’s any competing team in baseball that needs starting pitching help, it’s the Atlanta Braves. According to MLB sources, they are looking to add free agent starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel in order to boost one of the weak points of their roster.
MLB.com reporter Mark Feinsand broke the news on Thursday that Atlanta is looking to lock up the lefty starter.
Keuchel, who spent the first seven years of his career with the Houston Astros, hit free agency last off-season and has yet to sign a deal despite being one of baseball’s most decorated starting pitchers over the past several years.
The Astros offered Keuchel a qualifying offer, which meant that any team that signed the Arkansas alum before the MLB Draft would be forced to give up their first round pick for him.
Since no teams wanted to do so, he’s had to wait until now to find suitors.
Keuchel, who is now 31 years old, has an impressive pitching resume. The lefty made two All-Star teams with the Astros and helped lead the franchise to their first ever World Series title in 2017.
All in all, the ground ball-inducing starter recorded a 76-63 record and a 3.77 ERA in his years with the AL West club.
Atlanta, currently with a 33-30 record and two games behind the Phillies in the NL East, needs pitching help if they are to be serious contenders this year.
For this reason, they appear to be making a push for the lefty starter in what could end up being a perfect marriage.