Former Cy Young victor Dallas Keuchel reportedly agrees to join Braves

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As with veteran closer Craig Kimbrel, Keuchel's initial trip through free agency was hampered by baseball's compensation rules, which would have cost the team that signed him a 2019 draft pick.

Free agent pitcher Dallas Keuchel - a Tulsa Kelley alum - and the Atlanta Braves have agreed to a one-year contract that would pay the 2015 AL Cy Young Award victor about $13 million, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press on Thursday night.

According to sources, Keuchel is scheduled to have his physical Friday and is slated to make a start for Triple-A Gwinnett on Saturday.

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Keuchel was one of the last big names available in the market after Kimbrel agreed to join the Cubs.

He rebounded with a 3.23 ERA over his final 20 starts.

The Braves, surprise champions of the National League East a year ago, were outspent and outmaneuvered by division rivals Washington, Philadelphia and NY this winter, and their rotation deficiencies, in particular, were more than evident one-third of the way through this season. "He knows who he is, what he does best - attacking the game plan, improvising as the game goes along".

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There had been reports that the 32-year-old was being pursued by the New York Yankees, but the Braves needed starting pitching help and will get it in Keuchel. He gets soft contact.

Keuchel had spent his entire career with the Astros after they selected him in the seventh round of the 2009 draft. They ranked 17th in the majors in rotation ERA entering Thursday (4.38), making their need for Keuchel as plain as any team in the game.

He also dazzled the Yankees over six shutout innings to win the 2015 AL wild-card game after helping Houston reach the playoffs for the first time since 2005.

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