Dallas Keuchel remains unsigned and says he is not going to settle until he gets what he believes to be a fair market value.
“If you would’ve asked me on the first day of free agency, I would have said no way I’d be here on May 6,” Keuchel said. “Am I the best at this point in time? No. But am I more than or better than some of the offers I’ve been given? Absolutely. That’s not me being greedy. That’s just my compensation in the market from what the analytical data is telling me. I didn’t come up with this. The front offices came up with this. So now they’re trying to tell me I’m less than what the analytical data is saying. How is that possible?”
The 31-year-old had a 3.74 ERA and 153 strikeouts in 204 2/3 innings last season. Keuchel says he’s turned down a number of offers brought to him by agent Scott Boras.
“It’s not just the front offices who have all these numbers,” Keuchel said. “Players and agencies now have the access and the knowledge to do the same thing. My asking price and my due diligence is not just out of left field. It has come to me through my own career path, my own career numbers, and then what my market is valued at this point in time. To this point it hasn’t been matched. It’s been less than what it should be. And this is out of principle, what’s going on right now. I can’t speak for other players. It’s a principle for me. I’m not asking for the world.”