Dallas Keuchel Designated for Assignment by Diamondbacks

Dallas Keuchel with the Houston Astros
Dallas Keuchel with the Houston Astros in 2018. Photo by Trask Smith/CSM/Shutterstock (9686094ez)

Former Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel was designated for assignment by the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday. The move, confirmed by the franchise on social media, came after Keuchel posted a 9.64 ERA and zero wins in his four starts since late June.

Keuchel’s roster spot will be taken by veteran righty Ian Kennedy, who is coming back from a 15-day spell on the injured list.

Keuchel started the season with the Chicago White Sox but was out after struggling to start the season. The White Sox were so desperate to get rid of the 34-year-old player that they were willing to eat up his $18 million salary and $1.5 million buyout for 2023.

After clearing waivers, the two-time All-Star came to Arizona, where he was expected to pick up his form following a change of scenery and reunion with his former pitching coach Brent Strom. However, it turned out that scenery wasn’t the problem, and now Keuchel is back on the free agent market.

Keuchel did rack up 38 strikeouts with the White Sox and the Diamondbacks, which could be enough for some team to take a chance on him before the season wraps up. However, the veteran is probably looking at a minor league deal at best.

Over the course of his 11 years in the MLB, Keuchel posted a 101–89 record with a 3.92 ERA and 1,211 strikeouts. He has two All-Star nods, Cy Young Award from 2015, and a World Series win with the Houston Astros in 2017.

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