Reports: Keuchel, White Sox Agree On 3-Year Deal

The White Sox have addressed one of their most glaring needs.

670 The Score Staff
December 21, 2019 - 6:53 pm
Let-hander Dallas Keuchel

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(670 The Score) The White Sox have addressed perhaps their most glaring need.

Chicago and left-hander Dallas Keuchel have reached an agreement on a three-year, $55.5-million deal, as Jeff Passan of ESPN first reported Saturday evening. The contract could increase to four years and $74 million with a vesting option, according to reports.

Keuchel, who turns 32 in January, posted a 3.75 ERA and 1.37 WHIP in 19 starts for the Braves in 2019, when he didn't sign until June. Keuchel won the American League Cy Young award in 2015 and has a 3.67 ERA for his career. He has been pretty durable, averaging 29 starts between 2015-'18. He didn't miss a start for the Braves this past season after joining them late.

Keuchel will slot near the top of a young White Sox rotation, which saw right-hander Lucas Giolito break out with an All-Star season while others struggled mightily in 2019. Keuchel was widely regarded as one of the best second-tier pitchers available on the free-agent market, and his consistent production and history of carrying a heavy workload fit what the White Sox were seeking.

Keuchel is the second veteran pitcher whom the White Sox have added in recent days. Chicago on Friday also signed left-hander Gio Gonzalez to a one-year, $4.5-million deal that includes a $7-million team option for 2021.