Texas Rangers: Three Starting Pitching Targets That Should Be Pursued

PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 21: Starting pitcher Patrick Corbin #46 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on August 21, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 21: Starting pitcher Patrick Corbin #46 of the Arizona Diamondbacks pitches against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on August 21, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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HOUSTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 03: Dallas Keuchel #60 of the Houston Astros pitches in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Minute Maid Park on September 3, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
HOUSTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 03: Dallas Keuchel #60 of the Houston Astros pitches in the first inning against the Minnesota Twins at Minute Maid Park on September 3, 2018 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images) /

Option 1: Dallas Keuchel

Dallas Keuchel is a name that Texas has been linked to over the past couple of years as a free agent target come the 2019 offseason. The Astros lefty once was the rotation headliner for the Rangers division rivals but with their slew of pitching acquisitions, has fallen to the end of the rotation. Despite this, he still would be the top starting pitcher for the Texas Rangers if signed. The 30-year old has an expiring contract and with the Astros deep with starting pitching, it’s not going to be a shock if he leaves.

Currently making just over $13 million in 2018, that number will jump on his next contract but shouldn’t be outrageous. With a record of 11-10 and a 3.46 ERA, Keuchel could probably be had for somewhere around $20 million which is around what Yu Darvish signed for this past offseason. He doesn’t quite have the “ace” reputation of Darvish but he does have the stats and age that’ll make him a hot commodity on the free agent market. What could drive up his price is that he’s represented by the infamous, Scott Boras, who is known for maximizing the value of his client’s contracts.

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