Dallas Keuchel Should Sign with the Yankees

One of the biggest questions in baseball right now is where will former Houston Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel sign? Last fall Keuchel turned down a $17.9 million qualifying offer from the Astros. This spring he turned down a one-year, $15 million offer form Houston.

According to Mark Feinsand of MLB.com, the New York Yankees and the Atlanta Braves are the favorites to sign Keuchel. Feinsand also said that a second source believes that the Yankees are the true favorites to land Dallas. And yes Keuchel would shave his beard if he were to sign with the Yankees, according to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.

The Yankees think that Keuchel wants to play for them. On Tuesday Feinsand went on WFAN and told Joe Benigno and Evan Roberts that Keuchel wants to be in pinstripes.

“What I’m hearing is there are probably three, four, five teams that are interested in Keuchel. They are all in that one-year mix, probably in the same range. I don’t know the exact number. I’d guess they’re probably throwing out $15 million or so … prorated obviously for the season. I think he wants $18 million. He wants the number that he turned down in the qualifying offer, kind of helps save face. What I’m hearing from people is the Yankees is where he wants to go. I just find it hard to believe that if he wants to come here and they’re interested that it won’t get done one way or another.”

Last year Keuchel was 12-11 with a 3.74 ERA. In seven seasons with the Astros he was 76-63 with a3.66 ERA. In eight starts against the Yankees he is 4-4 with a 2.22 ERA. At Yankee Stadium he is 3-2 with a 2.45 ERA.

Keuchel should sign with the Yankees. He would provide depth and insurance to the Yankees. Luis Severino hasn’t played at all this season, although he could return after the All-Star break. James Paxton and CC Sabathia have spent time on the injured list. Keuchel could step up and help the Yankees win games should one of their pitchers get injured late in the season or in the playoffs.

Keuchel is a former CY Young award winner, which means he’s a good pitcher. He could help the Yankees alot should they need any help. Also he wants to play for the Yankees, so why should he sign with the team that isn’t the Yankees? So look for Keuchel to sign with the Yankees sometime soon.

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