Report: Free Agent Former Cy Young Winner Has Interest From "Multiple" Teams

He might be quite a few years removed from his Cy Young Award, and coming off one of the most dreadful seasons in memory for a starting pitcher, but according to a report, it seems that Dallas Keuchel, now 35, hasn't given up the ghost just yet, and in fact has "multiple clubs" interested in him. 

Per Brittany Ghiroli of The Athletic, Keuchel is still trying to get himself back into the majors. She reports that the lefty has had his fastball clocked between 88-91 mph during the offseason, and has many teams looking at possibly signing him. 

One recent report, from MLB Insider Jon Heyman, suggested that the Philadelphia Phillies were one of those interested parties, but hadn't gone so far as to make an offer yet. 

Keuchel, who won the Cy Young in 2015, and as recently as 2020 finished Top 5 in Cy voting, has been absolutely unplayable the last two seasons. In 2021 with the Chicago White Sox, he posted a 5.28 ERA with a 1.53 WHIP, a career-low strikeout rate (since his rookie season) of 5.3 K/9, and a then-career-high walk rate of 3.3 BB/9. 

But if 2021 was bad, 2022 was rock bottom. For three teams last season, Keuchel assembled a 9.20 ERA in 14 starts, with a 2.06 WHIP (yes, that's correct), while walking a new career-high 4.6 per nine innings. He was released by the White Sox, Arizona Diamondbacks and Texas Rangers. 

But when it comes to pitching, major league teams are willing to try almost anything to come up with a viable arm. "Multiple" teams are even looking at Keuchel. 

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