Dallas Keuchel Talking to 'A Number of Clubs' on Contract for 2019 MLB Season

Megan ArmstrongContributor IIIMarch 29, 2019

Houston Astros starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel throws during a workout in Cleveland, Sunday, Oct. 7, 2018. Keuchel is scheduled start against the Cleveland Indians in the third game of their ALDS series, Monday. (AP Photo/Phil Long)
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The 2019 MLB season is underway and 2015 American League Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel is still without a team. 

However, Jon Morosi of MLB Network provided an update on Friday. Scott Boras, Keuchel's agent, told Morosi that the 31-year-old is throwing 95-pitch simulated games every five days and "in discussion with a number of clubs."

Clubs interested in adding Keuchel were not specified. 

Keuchel spent his whole MLB career with the Houston Astros, beginning in 2012, before becoming a free agent following last season.

Keuchel's 2018 was forgettable. While he led the league with 34 starts and 874 batters faced, he also led the league in hits allowed (211). The southpaw posted a 12-11 record and 3.74 ERA—not exactly poster numbers while preparing to enter free agency. 

Even so, the Astros extended a $17.9 million qualifying offer to Keuchel on Nov. 2, which he rejected. In hindsight, the offer Keuchel may regret declining is the five-year, $90 million contract extension Houston put forth in 2016 following his Cy Young season, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

In 2015, Keuchel posted an MLB-most 20 wins and career-best 2.48 ERA. That was his best time to negotiate, as his seasons since then have wavered: a poor 4.55 ERA and 9-12 record in 2016, a solid 14-5 and 2.90 ERA in 2017 and then a wishy-washy 2018.

Maybe odd-number years are just Keuchel's thing. 

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Regardless, an Andy Martino of SNY.tv report on Wednesday showcased that Keuchel is not willing to budge. "Yankees and others could still use rotation depth," Martino tweeted, "but Dallas Keuchel is indicating that he still will not do pillow contract."

If that is the case, Keuchel may sit out 2019.