The Rangers have signed Dallas Keuchel to a minor league contract, per a workforce announcement. The 2015 AL Cy Younger winner will quickly report back to Triple-A Spherical Rock.
Texas turns into the third workforce of the 12 months to roll the cube on Keuchel. The 2-time All-Star started the season with the White Sox, taking part in out the ultimate marketing campaign of the three-year free agent deal he signed over the 2019-20 offseason. Keuchel had thrived within the first season of that deal, posting a 1.99 ERA via 63 1/3 innings throughout the shortened marketing campaign. He couldn’t preserve that manufacturing over an extended exhibiting the next 12 months, because the veteran southpaw was hit arduous for a 5.28 ERA throughout 162 frames final season.
Whereas the Sox certainly hoped that Keuchel may bounce again this 12 months, that hasn’t confirmed the case. He was tagged for a 7.88 ERA via his first eight begins with the South Siders, posting an identical 12.2% strikeout and stroll price. Chicago launched him in late Could, and he hit the open market after passing unclaimed via waivers. The Diamondbacks added him on a minor league deal just a few days later, and he returned to the majors within the desert by the top of June. Arizona pitching coach Brent Strom had labored intently with Keuchel throughout his heyday with the Astros, however their second stint collectively proved transient.
Keuchel made simply 4 begins for the Snakes. He served up 22 runs (20 earned) via 18 2/3 frames, though he did put up a decent 18:7 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Nonetheless, the quantity of arduous contact he surrendered was sufficient for Arizona to chop him free inside just a few weeks.
There’s no threat for the Rangers in attempting their hand at getting Keuchel again on monitor. The White Sox stay on the hook for his wage, and Texas could be accountable just for the prorated portion of the $700K minimal wage if he makes the majors. Lack of rotation depth has been an issue, with every of Taylor Hearn, Glenn Otto and Spencer Howard posting an ERA of 5.40 or increased. Keuchel provides 11 years of MLB expertise and a sturdy record of profession accolades to the higher ranges of the group, though his 2022 outcomes have been worse than these of Hearn and Otto.