Reds are “all over” Dallas Keuchel

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Jon Heyman — who is an inner-circle “jazz up hot stove rumors with metaphors for negotiation” guy — reports that the Reds are “all over” free agent starter Dallas Keuchel.

What that actually means is far less important than us imagining team president Dick Williams and GM Nick Krall at some club, constantly dancing up toward where Keuchel and his friends are, getting pushier and pushier. “I can buy my own drink,” Keuchel says, rolling his eyes. Williams and Krall try to act casual while, really, they’re sorta spazzing out. It’s a process.

Still, as far as rumors go this is a fun one to think about. The Reds have a hard time attracting pitchers because they play in a bandbox. They may really want someone like Keuchel, though, because of his soft-contact/groundball abilities, so maybe they’ll wildly overpay. Does that make it any more pleasant for Keuchel to pitch in Cincinnati? Not necessarily, but it certainly could make life more pleasant when he’s not pitching. The general consensus is that he’s not quite the ace he was a couple of years ago. But what if the Reds pay him like one? It may be hard to say no to a big, big offer if the Reds are prepared to bring one.

Keuchel, 30, posted a 3.74 ERA and 153/38 K/BB ratio over 204.2 innings this past season with the Astros. At the moment, he’s single and looking. Can’t fault the Reds for at least trying to dance.

Orioles CEO, brother agree to dismiss legal dispute

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Baltimore Orioles CEO John Angelos and his brother Lou have agreed to end their fight over a lawsuit in which Lou accused John of seizing control of the team in defiance of their father Peter’s wishes.

Lou Angelos sued John last year, claiming John took control of the Orioles at his expense. Georgia Angelos, their mother, also was named as a defendant.

In a Friday court filing in the case, John, Lou, Georgia and Peter Angelos called on “all claims, including all counterclaims and defenses, asserted therein be dismissed with prejudice in their entirety.”

“The Parties also withdraw and terminate all pending motions submitted in these actions,” the filing said.

Peter Angelos became the Orioles’ owner in 1993, but his public role has diminished in recent years and he turned 93 last year. According to the suit, he had surgery after his aortic valve failed in 2017.

Lou Angelos accused John of trying to take control of Peter Angelos’ assets and manipulating Georgia Angelos. The lawsuit was one of a handful of off-field issues looming over the Orioles this offseason. The team also has a lease at Camden Yards that expires at the end of the year.