Pitchers and catchers are officially reporting to camp, yet more than 100 MLB free agents remain unsigned on the market. Fans and players alike are frustrated with the unprecedentedly slow free agency period, and it looks like one available pitcher may have had enough.
One Twitter user called out former Houston Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel over the lefty's six-year contract demands, and Keuchel decided to clap back by pointing out his name was spelled incorrectly in the tweet.
Keuchel seemed less interested in justifying his contract demands than clarifying the proper spelling of his surname. We can understand the gaffe because Keuchel is a difficult name to spell.
The former Astros' pitcher is arguably the best starter still on the open market and as Spring Training inches closer, he may be getting frustrated that he has yet to put pen to paper on a new contract.
In 2018, Keuchel posted a 12-11 record in 34 starts. He struck out 153 batters in 204.2 innings and logged a 3.74 ERA and 1.31 WHIP.
Now the All-Unemployed Pitching Staff!— Jayson Stark (@jaysonst) February 6, 2019
Closer - Craig Kimbrel
Opener- Sergio Romo
RHs - Ryan Madson, Brad Boxberger, Bud Norris, AJ Ramos, Tyler Clippard
LHs - Jake Diekman, Tony Sipp
Perhaps Keuchel should consider reducing his contract demands as teams may be hesitant to lock down a 31-year-old starter to a six-year deal.
Nonetheless, baseball fans are hoping he finds a new home soon because he's far too talented to be a free agent when the season begins.