Well, that’s not what you want. The Atlanta Braves have signed Dallas Keuchel, according to The Athletic’s Dave O’Brien. Terms of the deal are not yet available, but here’s what we know so far:
If that’s actually a one-year deal, consider me capital-A Annoyed. The Yankees should have been all over this. I’ve said what I have to say about Keuchel the pitcher here, so check that out if you missed it. TL;DR: despite some red flags, he’d have made a very nice addition to the Yankee rotation.
Hopefully, the reason why the Yanks weren’t in on this is because they have a trade for a better pitcher in the works, or think they can execute one. More likely, though, this came down to money and money alone. These aren’t your father’s New York Yankees anymore, folks. Sigh.
We’ll update with more information as it’s made available.
Update (10:50pm): The final deal for Keuchel comes in at 1 year, $13 million, per Tim Brown of Yahoo.
The New York Post’s Joel Sherman reports that the Yankees were willing to go as high as the pro-rated bonus, which is $11 million.
Yeah. So my initial instincts were right: the Yankees got outbid by the freaking Atlanta Braves. $2m is peanuts to an organization like the Yankees–and a $13 or even $15 million salary wouldn’t put the Yanks above their precious 3rd luxury tax threshold anyway–and it is infuriating that they missed out on yet another free agent pitcher who would help the team. Absolutely infuriating.
I am so sick of hearing “they liked Player X, but on their terms” and that “the Yankees are making a trade by getting Injured Yankee A back” because frankly, that is a cop out. The Yankees are by far the richest team in the entire sport, they are in the midst of a legitimate title run, and they have a clear need in the rotation. I guess we wait 2 months for the deadline, but I’m pretty sure we know the game here: the Yanks will be connected to a starter, like the player as a player, but not like the contract and pass on it. Same old movie we’ve seen a hundred times.
They have won one (1) title since Opening Day 2001 and watched their rivals in Boston win 4 titles in that time. The Yankees haven’t won the division since 2012. The Yankees are very smart and have built a winner, and they deserve credit for that. They do not deserve total deference, though. Hopefully they don’t regret this and they go out and get an even better pitcher, though whoever that is will cost both money and prospects. But hey: at least they won tonight.