Interested Teams: Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies, Los Angeles Angels, Milwaukee Brewers, Texas Rangers, Houston Astros
You’ll be shocked to know that we’ve also looked at Keuchel’s possible landing spots. However, things may start to pick up since the southpaw now appears to be the best available starter left on the market.
The Reds just feel like such a perfect fit. They’re tired of losing and have been aggressive with regard to making offseason upgrades. Even with Alex Wood and Tanner Roark now in the rotation, they still have a number of question marks. Luis Castillo had an up-and-down sophomore campaign, Anthony DeSclafani has a lot to prove, and Tyler Mahle has struggled with his command through his first 132 big-league innings.
While it’d also be intriguing to see the Brewers make a serious pursuit, that might only happen if the Scott Boras client’s asking price lowers. For a team that was just one win away from the World Series this past October, they also have a number of varying rotation question marks. Between Jimmy Nelson, Brandon Woodruff, Chase Anderson, and Zach Davies, Milwaukee could use a little certainty. Keuchel can provide that — he’s tossed 200-plus innings three times since 2014 and has accumulated fewer than 150 frames in a season once since becoming a full-time big-league starter in 2013.