AP source: Keuchel, Braves near 1-year deal for about $13M

AP source: Keuchel, Braves near 1-year deal for about $13M
Houston Astros' Dallas Keuchel pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Boston Red Sox in Boston, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer) (Source: Michael Dwyer)

NEW YORK (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that free agent pitcher Dallas Keuchel and the Atlanta Braves are near agreement on a one-year contract that would pay the 2015 AL Cy Young Award winner about $13 million.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday night because the agreement had not been finalized.

Keuchel's contract would include a salary of about $21 million, and he would get a prorated share of that because only about 115 days will remain in the 186-day season.

A 31-year-old left-hander, Keuchel was 12-11 with a 3.74 ERA in 34 starts last season for Houston and turned down a $17.9 million qualifying offer in November.

He has options remaining, allowing him to start his Braves tenure in the minors as he builds up arm strength and stamina.

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