Dallas Keuchel and the Astros are talking multi-year deal

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Astros ace Dallas Keuchel is making the minimum salary this season and won’t be eligible for free agency until after the 2018 season, but Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports that there have been multi-year contract talks.

Keuchel confirmed that some level of negotiations have taken place between his agent and the team, but didn’t get into details. It’s possible that the two sides may simply be discussing, say, a two-year deal to buy out his first couple seasons of arbitration eligibility, which would provide Keuchel with life-changing money and give the Astros some cost certainty.

If instead they’re working on a bigger deal that stretches into Keuchel’s free agency, then the money would be pretty huge considering he’s a 27-year-old top-of-the-rotation starter who followed up a breakout 2014 campaign by pitching even better this season with a 2.37 ERA and 156/41 K/BB ratio in 179 innings.

Video: Jorge Soler launches first home run of spring training

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The Royals and Rangers played the first game of spring training today. A few other teams (the Red Sox, Tigers and Twins) played or are currently playing college squads, but Kansas City-Texas is our first matchup of big league teams. Baseball’s back, baby! And you know what baseball means?

Kansas City’s Jorge Soler, who hit 48 homers last year to lead the American League, offered us the year’s first glimpse at recreational baseball murder when he took Kolby Allard out over the left field yard.

Mmm. That’s the good stuff. Here’s to eight and a half months more of that. Bring me the dingers.

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