Published: Fri, June 07, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

And then there was none: Braves reach deal with Dallas Keuchel

And then there was none: Braves reach deal with Dallas Keuchel

Craig Kimbrel reportedly agreed to a three-year deal with the Chicago Cubs on Wednesday, and now Dallas Keuchel appears to have a new home 24 hours after Kimbrel's deal.

It was that way, as well, in April and May, but it took until nearly a week into June before Keuchel and the Braves finally joined forces, with the 31-year-old veteran reportedly agreeing to a contract Thursday evening.

Keuchel will receive a $13 million salary, which is prorated from a figure of $21.21 million. There has been some question about whether Keuchel would accept a contract that covers only the rest of 2019 and re-enter the market this winter, or whether he was seeking a multi-year deal. Their starting staff has a 4.38 ERA and 4.39 FIP as a group this year.

The Braves entered Thursday second in the National League East and now in line for the second wild card spot with a 33-28 record.

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The paper listed, in chronological order, three times when the USA backtracked on a deal. No official trade talks have been scheduled since the last round ended in May.

The New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals and Minnesota Twins were the other contenders known to be in pursuit of Keuchel.

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They then sat on the market after the season began in part because no team wanted to give up the draft-pick compensation that would have come with signing them.

Keuchel posted a 3.74 earned run average and a 1.31 WHIP in 34 starts with the Houston Astros last season.

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