Once one of baseball’s best pitchers, Dallas Keuchel is now the odd man out in the Chicago White Sox starting rotation.

The White Sox, who have a multitude of options at starting pitcher, announced on Saturday that Keuchel had been designated for assignment.

For MLB fans, this move was largely seen as a good one from Chicago’s perspective.

The White Sox now have 10 days to trade Keuchel, though he could be claimed off of waivers by another team in that time. If neither happens, he can either accept a Minor League assignment or become a free agent.

Despite Keuchel’s struggles, though, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him get at least one more shot elsewhere.

Any team taking a chance on Keuchel will be hoping he can find an old spark.

Keuchel was one of MLB’s best pitchers from 2014-2019. During that time, he posted a 75-53 record with a 3.33 ERA and 1.198 WHIP. He won the 2015 American League Cy Young Award with the Houston Astros and was the Houston’s Game 1 starting pitcher in the 2017 World Series.

In 2020, he signed a three-year deal with the White Sox. The first year in Chicago went well, as Keuchel finished fifth in American League Cy Young voting with a 1.99 ERA and 1.089 WHIP with a 6-2 record during the shortened season. But even during Keuchel’s best years, he pitched to contact more than most other top pitchers of this era. From 2014-2019 he struck out 7.4 hitters per nine innings. That K/9 rate dropped to 6.0 in 2020. In 2021, the contact caught up with him.

Keuchel had a 5.28 ERA and 1.531 WHIP in 2021 with a 5.3 K/9 rate. The strikeout rate got better in 2022 but at 5.6, was still not good. The contact, meanwhile, got louder, as he had a 7.88 ERA and 2.156 WHIP before being designated for assignment.

[Chicago White Sox]

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