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Keuchel Says He'd "Love" To Remain With Astros

Free agent to be wants to stay in Houston will test the market

October 19, 2018 - 1:46 pm

HOUSTON (SportsRadio 610)- After the Astros 2018 season ended with a 4-1 loss to the Boston Red Sox in game five of the American League Championship Series, free agent to be Dallas Keuchel repeated what he has said all season long.

"I would more than love to be back here," he declared. "I've made that known since day one."

Keuchel signed with agent Scott Boras last December and as he approaches his 31st birthday he understands that while he wants to stay in Houston, he also has to think about what is best for himself.

"I've given my heart and soul for seven full years, and I don't know, this is the opportunity of a lifetime (to be a free agent), and if you're fortunate enough to be in a position, you'd be a fool not to test the waters."

After battling through injuries each of the last two seasons, Keuchel made every turn through the Astros rotation, finishing 12-11 with a 3.74 ERA. He tossed 204.2 innings, the most since his Cy Young season in 2015.

"This team is special, and they got a few guys that could be here for the long haul, and I'd like to stay in this locker room, but I don't know.

Keuchel was drafted by the Astros in the 7th round of the 2009 draft. He made his Major League debut in 2012 and has been a fixture in the Astros rotation ever since. He is the third longest-tenured Astro, behind Jose Altuve and Marwin Gonzalez.

"To see through the rebuild and then be on the winning side of a bunch of teams the last four years means a lot to me because I came up with two 100-loss seasons, so anything's better than that.