Chicago Cubs: The former Cy Young award winner has had an interesting season.
Like Kimbrel, Dallas Keuchel did not sign with a team until the season had already begun. So far with Atlanta, he has a 3.50 ERA, 4.85 FIP, 1.3 WHIP and 7.0 K/9 in seven starts. The ERA may look good but the FIP is much, much higher.
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Everyone who follows baseball knows Keuchel, 31, was once considered one of the best in the game. The guy in addition to his 2015 AL Cy Young win has a career 3.66 ERA and 3.76 FIP in 1,233 innings pitched.
It is hard to expect a top-performance from a guy who did not sign before the season began. With the peripherals looking as bad as they are he has still at least shown he can get the job done.
This is a bit riskier for the Cubs to invest in. Despite the one-year deal, he is making decent money ($13 million this season) and may command a good chunk when he hits the market again this winter.
He is not old but he is not a spring chicken. It may be a bit more difficult to consider a more expensive guy on the other side of 30, but he should be monitored as the season progresses.