The Atlanta Braves got a boost in the middle of the season when the team reached a deal with starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel. After an unmemorable stint with the Braves, Keuchel moved on to the Chicago White Sox.
Last June, the Atlanta Braves signed Dallas Keuchel as a free agent to boost the starting rotation. With the starting rotation being primarily young guys, the Braves needed a veteran pitcher that had some postseason experience. Dallas Keuchel was the perfect choice.
In 19 starts for the Braves, Keuchel went 8-8 with a 3.75 ERA. Keuchel was an innings-eater in Atlanta, throwing 112.2 innings in his time with the Braves. Keuchel was named the starter for game one of the NLDS.
After being granted free agency, it was assumed the Braves and Keuchel were going their separate ways. Keuchel was looking for a long-term deal while the Braves were looking for a one-year deal with a proven veteran, like what the Braves did with Cole Hamels.
Dallas Keuchel found the deal he was searching for over the weekend. The Chicago White Sox signed Keuchel to a three-year deal for 55 million with a vesting option for the 4th season that would bump the deal up to 74 million. That’s a very good deal for Keuchel at his age. For the White Sox, a team that is trying to fight back to competing, it’s an equally good deal because they get the name value with Keuchel and a starter who can eat innings and provide some veteran leadership. The deal is one that both sides can be happy with.
For the Braves, they knew Keuchel was long gone when he pitched his final game against the Cardinals in the postseason. Keuchel’s tenure in Atlanta is likely to go down as one of those players you will likely forget he spent half of a season in Atlanta. All we can do is wish Keuchel the best of luck in Chicago.