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Dallas Keuchel’s asking price may be dropping

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Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports hears that free agent left-hander Dallas Keuchel may be lowering his asking price in hopes of finding a major-league deal, per a report on Saturday. Rosenthal cites a source that believes Keuchel is looking for a one-year deal above the $17.9 million qualifying offer he rejected from the Astros last fall, though he’s still open to a long-term contract at lower terms than the original $150-200 million deal he was seeking over a six- or seven-year span.

Now that the season is underway, the 31-year-old hurler has been tossing 95-pitch simulated games every five days in order to prepare for his next gig. He rounded out a seven-year stint with the Astros in 2018 and pitched to a 12-11 record in 34 starts with a 3.74 ERA, 2.6 BB/9, 6.7 SO/9, and 3.3 fWAR across 204 2/3 innings.

Even given Keuchel’s solid track record, it’s not clear if any teams are prepared to make offers within the parameters the pitcher (and agent Scott Boras) have set. The Padres were linked to Keuchel as recently as last weekend, but have reportedly balked at his asking price and don’t seem to be closing in on a formal agreement. The Mets and Brewers have also been mentioned as potential suitors for the southpaw, though no substantial progress appears to have been made in the last week or so.

Report: Mets and Rick Porcello agree on one-year, $10 million pact

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Ken Rosenthal and Eno Sarris of The Athletic report that the Mets and free agent starter Rick Porcello have agreed on a one-year contract. Per Jon Heyman, the deal is for $10 million.

Porcello, 30, is coming off of the worst season of his career. Though he went 14-12, he compiled an ugly 5.52 ERA with 143 strikeouts and 45 walks over 174 1/3 innings. It has been a rough three years for Porcello, who has an aggregate 4.79 ERA since 2017.

The benefit of this one-year deal for Porcello is that, if he has a bounce-back season, he can potentially leverage that into a multi-year contract next offseason.

The Mets also signed Michael Wacha to a one-year, $3 million deal on Wednesday. The rotation already features Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman, and Steven Matz. Unless the Mets trade one of those four, they will seemingly have to use one of Porcello and Wacha out of the bullpen to start the 2020 season with the odd man out serving as rotation insurance.

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