The Phillies are having an incredible offseason, they signed Bryce Harper to a $330 million contract but they're still not done, they could make another big splash before MLB Opening Day.
Jon Heyman of Fancred reported that the interest in free agent starting pitcher Dallas Keuchel increased once Harper signed with Phillies, which makes sense for teams that couldn't add Machado or Harper and have more money to spend. The surprising part of the update is that the Phillies still want to sign the left-hander.
"Astros understandably like their team but they’re said still in touch with Dallas Keuchel, who received 3 calls the day Harper got done. Phillies are also in and could solidify their favorite status by importing star lefty, tho with prospects coming they're preferring short term."
Keuchel made 34 starts for the Astros last season and threw 204 2/3 innings, but his strikeout numbers were down to 6.7 per nine innings and his 1.31 WHIP was his highest in six years. Keuchel's ERA went from 2.90 in 2017 to 3.74 last season and although some teams might think he's losing effectiveness, having the former Cy Young Award winner join the stacked Phillies roster would be scary.
Adding Keuchel is still possible for the Phillies, at one point they wanted Harper, Keuchel and closer Craig Kimbrel and they still have plenty of money to spend. Jazz Sports has the Phillies at +400 to win the National League and at +800 to win the World Series.
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