The Duel

5 Teams That Should Give Dallas Keuchel a One-Year Deal

By Paul Shapiro
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Somehow the calendar will turn to June this weekend, and that's great news for a few pitching-needy MLB teams. Once the MLB First-Year Player Draft takes place from June 3-5, teams who might want to sign Craig Kimbrel or Dallas Keuchel will no longer owe a draft pick as compensation.

We've known for a while that those two were likely to wait until June to sign, and there are now reports that Keuchel is willing to take a one-year contract. A prorated deal that would pay him close to $18 million could work for Keuchel as well as a few teams vying for division leads.

With that in mind, here are five teams that should sign the left-hander for the remainder of the 2019 MLB season.

5. Chicago Cubs

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While the Chicago Cubs' real issues are in the bullpen, signing a player like Keuchel could not only help them get into the playoffs, but would likely be a big perk once they're there. Even though the Cubs have five quality starters, Yu Darvish clearly isn't the same pitcher he once was. Subbing in Keuchel as a rental for the stretch run could be the addition that leads the Cubs back to the World Series.

4. Atlanta Braves

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Atlanta Braves general manager Alex Anthopoulos recently said that the team is doing its due diligence on Keuchel, even though it appears that a reunion with Kimbrel is more likely. However, the Braves don't have a top-end-of-the-rotation pitcher with postseason experience, making Keuchel a nice piece for a potential playoff run.

3. Tampa Bay Rays

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The Tampa Bay Rays are known to be staying in touch with Keuchel and with Tyler Glasnow expected to miss at least a month with a forearm strain, adding the southpaw could be a move that keeps them on pace with the New York Yankees in the AL East. While the Rays are just one game back in the division and lead the AL Wild Card, sliding Keuchel into the team's rotation behind his former Astros' teammate Charlie Morton would make the Rays look a lot more appetizing as a World Series contender.

2. St. Louis Cardinals

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Another team that could be a good landing spot for Keuchel is the St. Louis Cardinals. Their rotation is in flux after sending Michael Wacha to the bullpen and it's also very one-sided with all four current starters being right-handers. Adding a lefty like Keuchel could be the missing piece that pushes the Cards from a Wild Card contender into the playoffs in 2019.

1. New York Yankees

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Seeing the Yankees atop this list should come as no surprise. They've been connected to Keuchel since the offseason and once the draft has passed, signing the lefty will not longer cost New York its second-highest pick (No. 38 overall). Putting Keuchel in pinstripes on a one-year deal is the kind of move that GM Brian Cashman has likely been waiting for all season long.

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