As the baseball world engages in the MLB Draft, another important action unfolds. The free agency of Dallas Keuchel is finally heating up, and recent rumors say the Yankees are in the thick of things.
Mark Feinsand reported rumors that would grab the attention of Yankees fans. For the first time, he pointed out that the Yankees and Braves held the leadership and each worked out similar offers for the left-hander. He then further reported that a second source told him that the Yankees were the "true favorites" to land Keuchel.
And yes, before you ask, the 31-year-old is ready to shave his beard to throw for the Yankees.
And FWIW was told that Keuchel is ready to shave his beard when he signs with the Yankees.
– Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) June 4, 2019
Keuchel finished the 2018 season at 3.74 ERA (3.69 FIP) with a groundball rate of 53.7%. He was considered a beginner of a workhorse and logged 204.2 innings before he made the free choice. The Astros made Keuchel part of the qualifiers that added left-handed draft-pick compensation and brought his market to a standstill. After the selection has expired, the bidding has increased.
Can the two sides agree? What kind of contract can the left-hander expect? Will Keuchel sign during the MLB Draft? We'll find out soon enough as the sweepstakes come to an end.