Padres in dialogue with free agent pitcher Dallas Keuchel

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

According to The Athletic, the San Diego Padres have had “continuing dialogue” with free agent pitcher Dallas Keuchel. The Padres, according to the story, are expected to add depth to the rotation. 

Besides talking to Keuchel’s representatives, the team has also talked to the Cleveland Indians about acquiring pitcher Trevor Bauer in a trade. In addition, the Padres have also talked to the Toronto Blue Jays about acquiring pitcher Marcus Stroman in a trade, as well. 

Former Houston Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel pitches against the Boston Red Sox in the 2018 ALCS
Dallas Keuchel pitches against the Boston Red Sox in the 2018 ALCS (Getty Images)

While the Padres want to add a starter, the team is “not close on any addition,” The Athletic story suggests. In addition, they “have been unwilling to meet the price of Keuchel’s agent Scott Boras.” 

The Padres have a lot of young starting pitchers. If San Diego signed Keuchel, it would help stabilize their rotation. 

Besides the Padres, the Philadelphia Phillies have also had interest in Keuchel in the off-season.

The 31-year-old Tulsa, Oklahoma native  spent the first seven years of his career with the Houston Astros. He was the Astros seventh-round draft pick in the 2009 MLB Draft. 

This past season, he went 12-11 in 34 starts, including one complete game. He also had a 3.74 ERA in 204 2/3 innings. 

Keuchel allowed 92 runs (85 earned runs), including 18 home runs, on a career-high 211 hits. He also struck out 153 batters and walked 58.

When he pitched more than 200 innings in 2018, it was just the third-time in his career that he accomplished this feat. He had a career-best 232 innings in 2015 and 200 innings in 2014. 

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