The MLB Trade Deadline is approaching, and Houston Astros’ Dallas Keuchel has strengthened his trade value if the team decides to deal him. This afternoon, the young ace for the Astros had a marvelous start against one of the better lineups in the American League, getting his 10th win over the Oakland A’s. After last night’s tough loss giving up the lead late in the game, Keuchel helped the Astros bounce back to take the series against the AL West leading Athletics.
Keuchel threw his league-leading fourth complete game today for the Astros. He gave up four hits and one run on a second inning home run by Josh Donaldson. He has lowered his ERA to 2.97 and continued to show his dominance he has had all year. Other than a few starts in the middle of the season where he dealt with a wrist injury, Keuchel has been the guy the Astros could count on to get a win when the team needed it.
The Astros would be smart not to deal Keuchel because he is still fairly young. Only 26 years old, it is conceivable to think that he would still be able to contribute to the Astros as they transition into a team looking to compete. Starting pitching is at a premium in baseball and left-handed pitching is even more valuable. The Astros would need to be blown away with an offer to deal the southpaw by the deadline this season.
There are many teams looking for a starter, including the Baltimore Orioles, who would be interested in trading for Keuchel should he become available. Keuchel is still under club control which makes his value even higher. The Astros would be looking for a sizable package filled with multiple top prospects in return for the young starter. After today’s start, it looks as though the package will have to include a top offensive prospect or two who is major league ready.