Dallas to Atlanta

Pitcher Dallas Keuchel has signed a pact with the Atlanta Braves, a deal that is likely for just one year.

During the 2018 campaign, the lefty threw 204.2 innings with a 3.74 ERA for the Houston Astros.

Mets Rumors and News

By Jacob Yohe

Mets are struggling with starting pitching and the bullpen, and need help, there are many options in my mind. The Mets could sign Dallas Keuchel and Gio Gonzalez or trade for Rangers Ace Mike Minor. If they were to get Minor from Texas, they could also sign Gio Gonzalez. Then the Mets Rotation would be strengthened, big time.

The Mets could also go the route of upgrading Bullpen with Craig Kimbrel or a possible trade option could help us fix the mess that is happening right now. The team’s offense can hit but we need pitching to either step up or we need to make a few moves. Also, with deGrom on the shelf till April 26 we need pitching to step up big time.

deGrom will likely not have an MRI So that is relieving. Alonso mashing home runs this season has really helped the Mets offense be able to strive, without him in the two spot, we might be struggling. Hopefully, he keeps it up and we have a great season on the offensive side.

It’s early, but a few things to fix could change it all.

Mets are keeping tabs on two top Free Agents

Andy Martino and the good people of SNY are reporting that Mets are not only keeping tabs on left handed starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel but now reports are surfacing that the team is also talking to top tier closer Craig Kimbrel.

Martino goes on to say that he feels that the Mets are more likely to sign starter Dallas Keuchel, if anyone.

Kimbrel was hoping to land a six year deal during the previous offseason and when he didn’t receive any offers of his liking, he threatened and continues to say that he’ll sit out the 2019 season.

The Case for Keuchel

It’s no secret that the Mets had an excellent offseason, well, at least on paper and from the outside looking in. While the Mets have made major upgrades to their team, like in the bullpen and particularly behind the plate with the signing of Wilson Ramos. Many people still question the back end of the rotation with lefties Steven Matz and Jason Vargas, however there may be a bigger issue.

Zack Wheeler is in his free agent year and Wheeler has come out and said that he’d love to sign a contract extension with the Mets, but the price would have to right. Basically, hinting that he doesn’t plan on giving the Mets a “Hometown discount”. So if Wheeler were to walk at the end of the season and test free agency, that would leave Matz as the number three starter in he rotation.

While Matz wouldn’t be the worst number three starter, Dallas Keuchel probably would be the better fit. Keuchel’s career record is 76-63 with a 3.66 ERA and 18.3 WAR, throughout seven seasons. His best season came in 2015 when he had a 20-8 record and a 2.48 ERA in 232 innings pitched, only giving up 185 hits and striking out 216 batters in 33 starts for the Astros.

Last season, in a career high 34 starts, Keuchel pitched to a 3.74 ERA while finishing up with a 12-11 record in 204.2 innings. While, I would never sign a starting pitcher to a multi-year deal because of an opposing team’s signing of a slugger, in this instance, I believe the Mets should go for it. With the Phillies spending “stupid money”, the signing of Keuchel to the Mets could make the Phillies look stupider than anticipated.

So, this isn’t really a move to counter the Phillies signing of Bryce Harper, although it’ll definitely disguise itself as such. I like the signing of Keuchel as an insurance policy, just in case Zack Wheeler no longer finds himself in the Mets long term future. This will also balance the rotation out once the Mets are able to cut ties with Jason Vargas.