San Francisco Giants: Five starting pitchers to target in free agency
LHP Dallas Keuchel
Things did not go according to plan for Dallas Keuchel last offseason.
After rejecting a qualifying offer and looking like one of the top starting pitching options on the open market, the 31-year-old left-hander instead had to wait until June 7 to finally sign a one-year, $13 million deal with the Atlanta Braves.
Since returning to action, he’s gone 7-5 with a 3.47 ERA in 90.2 innings over 15 starts. He’s no longer the same ace-caliber pitcher that won AL Cy Young honors in 2015, but he’s a solid veteran lefty capable of eating up innings at a quality level.
He’d be a welcome presence to the San Francisco Giants clubhouse, and his postseason experience makes him a viable replacement for Bumgarner.
Consistency is perhaps his greatest asset, and the biggest reason the Giants should consider signing him.
Over the course of his eight-year career, he’s gone 83-68 with a 3.65 ERA and 1.26 WHIP in 198 starts. He won’t blow opposing batters away, but he will pitch to a lot of contact and eat a lot of innings. The Giants are a strong defensive team and their bullpen has needed to shoulder a lot of innings this year, so both of those appealing qualities.
If the price is right, Keuchel would be a great addition.