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Report: Rays, Yankees maintain interest in Dallas Keuchel

Dallas Keuchel

The in-season free agent market looks to be on the verge of picking up in Major League Baseball.

According to Ken Rosenthal and Josh Tolentino of The Athletic, the Tampa Bay Rays and New York Yankees are both still interested in left-handed starter Dallas Keuchel. Keuchel, along with closer Craig Kimbrel, is expected to sign sometime after midnight ET on June 2, at which point neither player will have draft pick compensation attached to them any longer.

The Rays may see Kimbrel as being a more important addition than Keuchel, but are still interested in both. The Yankees are looking at Keuchel in light of their glut of injuries, but only have just under $20 million to spend on him and any potential future moves if they want to remain below the luxury tax threshold.

The Yankees have been consistently linked to Keuchel, and it makes sense given their remarkably high injury total. It seems that the saga, either way, will be over in about a week or so.


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