MLB Rumors: Dallas Keuchel 'Open' to 1-Year Contract, Padres 'Could Be Best Fit'

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistApril 14, 2019

HOUSTON, TX - OCTOBER 16:  Dallas Keuchel #60 of the Houston Astros pitches in the first inning against the Boston Red Sox during Game Three of the American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park on October 16, 2018 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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The San Diego Padres added one superstar to their roster this offseason, signing Manny Machado.

But another free agent still on the market, starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel, reportedly could be considering the Padres as well, according to Buster Olney of ESPN:

The Padres have started the season on fire, going 11-5. Machado already has four homers and eight RBI. Fernando Tatis Jr. has looked like a future star, hitting four homers and 10 RBI. Eric Hosmer (eight RBI) and Wil Myers (.304 with three dingers and seven RBI) have rounded out a dangerous offense.

The pitching staff has lived up to its end of the bargain too with a 3.30 ERA and .226 opponents' batting average (both fourth in the National League). 

But getting more help couldn't hurt, especially with the Los Angeles Dodgers remaining a threat in the NL West. Keuchel would absolutely upgrade their rotation. He'd upgrade most rotations.

The 31-year-old had a solid 2018, finishing 12-11 with a 3.74 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 153 strikeouts in 204.2 innings (34 starts). He's also established himself as a reliable postseason pitcher, going 4-2 with a 3.31 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 48 strikeouts in nine starts and 10 total appearances.

For a Padres team looking to make a postseason push this year, Keuchel would help.

But he'd help a number of potential contenders in the National League, with teams like the Philadelphia Phillies, New York Mets, Milwaukee Brewers and Atlanta Braves all logical suitors. If Keuchel is willing to do a one-year deal, the offers will come. 

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