With 2015 American League Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel headed into his first of three years of arbitration eligibility, the Astros are expected to discuss a long-term contract extension with the lefty, Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Keuchel is estimated to earn at least $6 million this winter, according to Drellich. The 27-year-old led the league with 20 wins, 232 innings, a 1.017 WHIP while compiling a 2.48 ERA and a 216/51 K/BB ratio. He also made the AL All-Star team during the summer, won a Gold Glove, and finished fifth in MVP balloting.
Keuchel debuted in 2012 at the age of 24 and turns 28 on New Year’s Day. He would be 31 in his first season of free agency eligibility, so that may serve as a deterrent for the small-market Astros. The club hasn’t had an Opening Day payroll above $77 million since 2010.