Tim Dierkes of MLB Trade Rumors posted his top 50 free agent predictions in which he determined each player’s destination and contract.
In the article, he predicted that Dallas Keuchel would land with the Chicago White Sox on a three-year, $39 million contract.
Keuchel, 31, had to wait until after the MLB Draft to sign with a team in 2019 as teams were wary of paying top-dollar for him and giving up draft pick compensation.
In the end, the left-hander found himself signing with the Atlanta Braves for the remainder of the season. He went 8-8 with a 3.75 ERA, 4.72 FIP, and 1.367 WHIP in 19 starts with the team (112 2/3 innings). In addition, he had 7.3 K/9 as compared to 3.1 BB/9
While he is no longer the 2015 Cy Young winner he once was, Keuchel still is a solid middle of the rotation arm capable of providing stability.
For his career, Keuchel has a 3.67 ERA, 3.80 WHIP, and 1.260 WHIP to go along with 7.2 K/9 as compared to 2.6 BB/9.
The southpaw certainly can’t be expected to carry the White Sox rotation in 2020, but if the team just hopes to get quality innings out of him then they might be happy with the results.
There are certainly much more talented arms on the open market for the rotation, but Keuchel is probably the second-best left-handed starter on the market, behind Madison Bumgarner.
As of now, the White Sox rotation would be full of right-handed starters on Opening Day and that won’t change until Carlos Rodon returns in the second half.
Having a left-hander in the rotation could be beneficial as it can confuse other lineups who are trying to dial in on one look. Seeing the ball from different angles throughout a series makes it difficult to do that.
Also, many teams often have different lineups when lefties are on the mound due to the fact that many same-handed opponents struggle when faced with that.
There certainly are better options out on the open market than Dallas Keuchel, but the Chicago White Sox should strongly consider him if the right situation presents itself.