As the June 2 deadline when Dallas Keuchel's attached draft pick compensation expires, two AL East foes have seem to have emerged as front runners.
Keuchel remains unsigned well into the season despite a strong campaign last year in which he posted a 3.74 ERA and struck out 153 batters, a step back from his Cy Young form.
The Yankees could certainly use another rotation arm. Their starting staff has been decimated by injuries, and Keuchel could at least provide them with some stability.
The Rays, who already boast a league-low 2.99 team ERA, would much appreciate Keuchel's ability to alleviate the pressure on the bullpen. The Rays only have three true starters on the team and have given the bullpen a large workload.
Adding another starter, especially one of his quality, could help preserve the bullpen for October.
Both teams have plenty of reason to sign him, so the only question that remains is who will come out on top.