Phillies: 5 free agent starting pitchers they could sign
The Phillies missed out on the opportunity to sign Dallas Keuchel this past offseason, and when Keuchel contributed in the Braves postseason appearance, it put a little salt in the wound.
Keuchel pitches to contact, spots his pitches, and everything that comes out of his hand moves in some fashion, making him effective despite having a heater that rarely touches 90 miles per hour.
His durability ( he has only been on the IL twice since 2012) and pitching style stand to show that he’ll be healthy for the foreseeable future, and his ability to generate ground balls as a sinkerballer will help him find success in a small park like Citizens Bank Park.
Keuchel is also a lefty, which as stated before, helps to add a little variety for opposing hitters during a series.
Keuchel may be a little iffy about signing with a team that passed on him last year, but if the price is right, that aspect likely will not matter. Keuchel may not demand the money that the top 2-3 arms get, making him a viable rotation piece to go along with another free agent arm.
Another factor to consider is given that the Braves are a division rival, they may try and hold on to Keuchel, but Atlanta may have too many eager young arms to warrant holding on the veteran. If he signs in Philadelphia, Keuchel will likely demand a middle of the rotation spot, likely in the No.3 territory.