Dallas Keuchel

Rangers left-handed pitcher Dallas Keuchel has been DFA’d, the team said. John King, a left-handed pitcher, was promoted from Triple-A to occupy Keuchel’s roster slot.

Keuchel signed a minor league deal in late July and was promoted to the major league squad on August 27. Keuchel’s two outings with the Rangers were disasters, as he gave up seven runs in both. He now has a 12.60 ERA for his 10 innings pitched for Texas.

The 34-year-old has struggled this season, pitching a combined 60 2/3 innings for the Rangers, Diamondbacks, and White Sox while posting an ERA of 9.20. Due to his poor performance in Chicago, Keuchel was dismissed in late May, and the White Sox ate the roughly $13 million remaining on Keuchel’s three-year, $55.5 million contract.

While on the active rosters of the D’Backs and Rangers, Keuchel earned the Major League minimum salary, but the White Sox just had to pay him the prorated part. This was a low-risk experiment for both teams to see if the veteran Keuchel could thrive in a new environment, but he was unsuccessful everywhere he went.

There has been much discussion about how long Keuchel can maintain his success with a ground-ball, low-strikeout approach, but in 2020, the lefty’s first year with the White Sox, he finished fifth in voting for the AL Cy Young Award.

Keuchel’s stats started to plummet in ’21 as he started to surrender a lot more hard contact and his walk rate dropped. Keuchel’s walk rate of 10.2% in 2022 is barely in the 20th percentile of all pitchers, illustrating the severity of the issue.

Assuming Keuchel clears waivers once more, the Rangers are expected to release him instead of sending him outright to Triple-A. The southpaw’s impressive resume could net him a minor league contract this offseason, but it’s possible that by the time he reaches his 35th year, he’s just lost his effectiveness as a Major League pitcher.

After 11 MLB seasons, a retirement is certainly an option for Keuchel, but considering how recently he pitched in 2020, it’s also possible he’ll keep trying to get his career back on track.

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Career

Major League Baseball pitcher Dallas Keuchel is an American who currently plays for the Texas Rangers (MLB). Prior to joining the Diamondbacks, he had time with the Astros, Braves, White Sox, and Houston.

Keuchel played baseball for the University of Arkansas baseball team. In 2012, Keuchel made his major league debut. The Gold Glove and Fielding Bible Awards were also given to him that year (2014). In the 2015 MLB All-Star Game, Keuchel will take the= mound for the American League. In addition to his second Gold Glove and Fielding Bible Award, he also earned the American League Cy Young Award after the 2015 season.

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