Phillies: Bryce Harper domino effect could last decades
Dallas Keuchel signs a three-year deal
Unless the Phillies use Franco or one of their outfielders to add a pitcher, they could reach back out to Dallas Keuchel and work out a deal similar to Jake Arrieta’s.
Philadelphia has been publically searching for a left-handed starting pitcher, but they haven’t been willing to take on risky years. They were outbid on Patrick Corbin and J.A. Happ on years, not necessarily money. They also kept tabs on James Paxton before the Yankees snatched him from the Mariners early in the offseason.
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Like Arrieta, Keuchel’s free agent tour appears to be headed into spring training. Philadelphia simply won’t sign pitchers to long-term deals, and that’s understandable. Injuries for pitchers can be devastating not just to the player, but for the club. Look at the Yu Darvish situation in Chicago.
Arrieta signed a three-year deal with player opt-outs and team options to make it a five-year deal. That kind of deal makes sense for Keuchel, though he’s younger than Arrieta was last offseason.
Keuchel would be fantastic for the Phillies, giving them a legitimate top-three comprised of two Cy Young winners and a future Cy Young candidate. While adding a lefty is important, getting one like Keuchel with a high groundball rate is key when you’re playing in Citizens Bank Park most of the season.
We’ll see what the Middleton’s bank account looks like after Harper signs and if the team makes a deal for Moustakas, but adding Keuchel for $70-85 million over three or four years could make the Phillies playoff contenders.