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.
Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale has been placed on the 10-day injured list with left elbow inflammation, the club revealed Saturday. The assignment is retroactive to August 14. In a corresponding roster move, right-handed reliever Ryan Brasier was recalled from Triple-A Pawtucket.
It’s an alarming development for the 30-year-old ace, who has been remarkably injury-free after dealing with a lingering case of shoulder inflammation last summer. While he hasn’t replicated the career-high results he delivered over the last two seasons, he still leads Red Sox pitchers with 3.6 fWAR and will head to the IL with a 6-11 record in 25 starts, a 4.40 ERA, 2.3 BB/9, and league-best 13.3 SO/9 through 147 1/3 innings. A timetable has not been given for his return, nor has the severity of his injury been disclosed. Per Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski, Sale has been experiencing pain in his elbow since Wednesday and will undergo further evaluation in the days to come.
Brasier, 31, was optioned to Triple-A Pawtucket in mid-July after pitching to mixed results in the majors. He currently holds a 4.46 ERA, 2.7 BB/9, and 8.0 SO/9 with the Red Sox, though his results in Triple-A — one run, one walk, and 13 strikeouts over 9 1/3 innings — suggest that he might be capable of even sharper results when he rejoins the big league club.