A long-term extension isn’t imminent between AL Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel and the Houston Astros, according to his agent Darek Braunecker.
“At this point, we have not engaged the club in any sort of long-term discussions,” Braunecker said on MLB Network Radio. “It’s common knowledge that we had some discussion during the season last year and it was just preliminary seeing where one another stood. They approached us, just kicked the tires, and get a sense where both parties were at that time.”
At this point, the focus is on a one-year deal prior to arbitration hearings. Players file on Jan. 12 and figures are exchanged between sides are exchanged on Jan. 15. If no deal is reached between the team and player, arbitration hearings will rule between Feb. 1 and 21.
Keuchel made the minimum last season (about $524,500). He led the AL with 232 innings, developing into the ace at the front end of a young Houston rotation. Keuchel wasn’t a top prospect, but he’s proven his worth the last two seasons.
En route to the Cy Young, Keuchel registered a 2.48 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP while winning 20 games.