Now that Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg, Madison Bumgarner, and many other high-quality starting pitchers have signed in free agency, it's time to determine which teams would be best to make moves for Hyun-Jin Ryu and Dallas Keuchel. Here are four contending teams that could use one of the two southpaws to round out their starting rotation.
4. Houston Astros
The Astros are suddenly in serious need of starting pitchers after losing not only Gerrit Cole, but also Wade Miley, to free agency. Signing Ryu or reuniting with Keuchel could prove to be an effective move as the Astros hope to remain competitive in 2020. Adding one of the veteran left-handers would represent an immediate upgrade to their current staff which is rather lackluster after Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke.
3. Milwaukee Brewers
The Brewers saved money by signing a few solid infielders for a decent price, rather than re-signing Mike Moustakas for a lot of money. Now that they've addressed the lineup, they need to get to work on upgrading their rotation if they want to contend in 2020. Ryu and Keuchel are both seasoned vets that could slot in behind Brandon Woodruff in the heart of Milwaukee's rotation. The Brew Crew also lack a quality southpaw in their rotation, making both Ryu and Keuchel adequate fits.
2. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
The Angels already made a huge splash in their lineup by signing Anthony Rendon to a long-term mega deal, so now it's time to address the rotation. They did that, in part, by adding Julio Teheran on Thursday, but that shouldn't take them out of play for Keuchel or Ryu. The Angels' rotation, even with Teheran, is still rather lackluster. Adding a veteran with postseason experience could help a team looking to get back into the playoffs for the first time since 2014.
1. Los Angeles Dodgers
The Dodgers again crumbled under the pressure in the postseason, but their championship window is far from over. That said, allowing Ryu to walk in free agency without a viable replacement lined up would be a mistake. Re-signing the Korean would keep their strong pitching staff in tact, but if they fail to lock him down, Keuchel would remain a strong backup option.