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.

Giants sign Drew Smyly to one-year deal

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The Giants announced on Thursday that the club inked pitcher Drew Smyly to a one-year contract. As Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area notes, the contract is of the major league variety.

Smyly, 30, split last season between the Rangers and Phillies with a stint with the Brewers in between. He did not appear in a major league game with the Brewers. In aggregate, Smyly posted a 6.24 ERA with 120 strikeouts and 55 walks over 114 innings.

Smyly will vie for a spot at the back of the Giants’ starting rotation. If he doesn’t make the cut, he could work out of the bullpen. Pitching in the spacious confines of Oracle Park should help Smyly, who gave up 19 homers in Texas and 13 in Philly last season in more hitter-friendly parks.