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Some massive contracts were doled out this MLB offseason to players including Bryce Harper, Mike Trout and Manny Machado, but two-time All-Star and 2015 Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel remains jobless.
However, Keuchel's unemployment could be nearing a close, as some potential contenders are clearly a pitcher away from truly contending. One such team is the 10-7 New York Mets.
After a brutal outing from Steven Matz on Tuesday night – one during which the left-hander gave up eight runs to the Philadelphia Phillies before recording an out – it's clear that signing a pitcher like Keuchel be necessary for the Mets to complete with their division rival.
Even coming off a down year, by his high standards, Keuchel remains a workhorse, starting 34 games and throwing 204 2/3 innings while earning his fourth Gold Glove and tallying a respectable 3.74 ERA in 2018.
While Keuchel, who has had an ERA under 3.00 in two of the last four seasons, sits on his couch waiting for a contract offer, Mets fans are yearning for the addition of another arm to their top-heavy rotation.
If recent history is an indicator of future results, the Mets likely won't end up adding Keuchel, despite the team's surprising start to 2019.
But just because the Mets may be hesitant to add Keuchel, that doesn't mean you shouldn't stash him to your fantasy baseball roster, if he's still available. The lefty remains available in 44 percent of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues.
As rumors continue to swirl around the 31-year-old, it's clear that he'll end up on an MLB roster sooner rather than later.
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