As the best starting pitcher left on the free agent market, Dallas Keuchel has drawn interest from teams like the Atlanta Braves and Cincinnati Reds. However, most teams aren't willing to meet his reportedly high asking price.
If he remains on the market long enough, a return to Houston could be feasible.
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Counting Keuchel, the Houston Astros have lost three-fifths of their 2018 rotation, as free agent Charlie Morton signed with the Tampa Bay Rays and Lance McCullers Jr. likely won't pitch in 2019 after undergoing Tommy John surgery. This leaves the Stros with a big need.
But if Keuchel is asking for a contract similar to what Yu Darvish received last offseason, it makes sense that there hasn't been much progress in talks with teams interested in him.
If Keuchel's market fails to develop much in the coming weeks, there's a chance his price could drop enough for the Astros to afford him. They may be able to sign him to deal similar to the three-year, $75 million contract Jake Arrieta received from the Philadelphia Phillies during Spring Training, but even that might be a little too steep.
This one could drag on for a while.