Dallas Keuchel did not have to wait around in free agency nearly as long this time around, as he agreed to a contract with the Chicago White Sox on Saturday, according to Jeff Passan of ESPN.
Jon Heyman of MLB Network reported Keuchel’s deal will be worth $55.5 million over three years, with a vesting option that could push the total value up to $74 million
The southpaw found himself in free-agent purgatory last offseason upon declining a qualifying offer from the Houston Astros. He did not find a home until June, when draft-pick compensation would no longer be tied to his signing.
He ultimately settled for a prorated one-year, $13 million deal with the Atlanta Braves. It turned out to be a quality signing for Atlanta. Keuchel helped the team acquire its second consecutive National League East title, going 8-8 with a 3.75 ERA and a 1.37 WHIP while striking out 91 batters in 112.2 innings. He allowed more than two earned runs in a start only twice in his final nine regular-season outings.
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He gave his team a chance to win in each of his two postseason starts versus the St. Louis Cardinals in the National League Division Series. He allowed one run in 4.2 innings in Game 1 and three runs in 3.1 innings in Game 4, receiving no-decisions each time. However, the Braves dropped both games en route to a five-game exit.
The 31-year-old¬†may not be the same dominant pitcher he was when he won the 2015 American League Cy Young Award.
However, he went 14-5 with a 2.90 ERA only two years ago. And over the course of the past two seasons, he has continued to be a dependable arm.
With Stephen Strasburg, Gerrit Cole and Madison Bumgarner all signing during the first half of December,¬†Keuchel found himself among the most coveted arms on the market as the offseason progressed.