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Report: Braves sign Dallas Keuchel to one-year, $13 million deal

Arizona Diamondbacks  v Houston Astros

HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 14: Dallas Keuchel #60 of the Houston Astros pitches in the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Minute Maid Park on September 14, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

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As expected, the Braves have signed free agent starter Dallas Keuchel, David O’Brien of The Athletic reports. Per Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports, the deal is for one year and $13 million.

Keuchel, 31, posted a 3.74 ERA with 153 strikeouts and 58 walks across 204 2/3 innings for the Astros last year. Due to purported concerns about his declining velocity, strikeout rate, and age -- as well as the draft pick compensation that had been attached to him -- he spent seven months as a free agent, just ahead of reliever Craig Kimbrel who signed with the Cubs on Wednesday.

Keuchel will likely need a couple of weeks getting back into game shape by making some starts in the minors. When he joins the major league rotation, he may displace struggling right-hander Kevin Gausman, slotting in behind Julio Teheran, Mike Foltynewicz, Mike Soroka, and Max Fried.

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