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AP source: Keuchel agrees to minor league deal with D-backs

by: DAVID BRANDT, Associated Press

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PHOENIX (AP) — The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a minor league contract with former Cy Young Award winner Dallas Keuchel, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday on condition of anonymity because the move has not been announced. The southpaw was recently released by the Chicago White Sox after going 2-5 with a 7.88 ERA in eight starts. He was in the final season of a three-year, $55 million contract.

Keuchel, 34, won the AL Cy Young Award with the Houston Astros in 2015 and is also a two-time All-Star and a five-time Gold Glove winner. He’ll try to regain his old form by reuniting with pitching coach Brent Strom, who was with the Astros in 2015 and joined the D-backs in the offseason.

The Diamondbacks are looking for more options in their starting rotation after right-hander Humberto Castellanos went on injured reserve with an elbow injury.

Athletic first reported Keuchel’s deal with the Diamondbacks.

If Keuchel is added to the 40-player roster, Arizona would only be responsible for a pro-rated share of the major league minimum of $700,000, and the White Sox would remain responsible for the remainder of his $18 million salary. dollars this year. Chicago also owes a $1.5 million buyout of a 2023 option.

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