Dallas Keuchel's long free agency is finally over.
The left-handed starting pitcher is set to join the Atlanta Braves, as first reported by The Athletic's David O'Brien.
According to ESPN's Jeff Passan, Keuchel has agreed to a one-year, $20 million deal with the Mets' rival that will be prorated to $13 million. SNY Insider Andy Martino reports that the Yankees' highest offer to the lefty was a one-year, $17.9 million prorated deal.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reported earlier on Thursday that the Braves were in 'serious talks' to acquire the lefty, though other teams were said to still be involved.
Martino said on Thursday that the market for Keuchel this week proved to be a bit more "robust" than expected, with the Cardinals also involved. The Twins were involved as well, though the exact level of their interest was unclear on Thursday morning.
Martino has noted that the Yankees were considered a frontrunner to sign Keuchel, though sources would not say if New York would be willing to go more than one year on the 31-year-old former Cy Young Award-winner.
The 31-year-old entered the offseason as one of the top starters in the free-agent market but struggled to find any suitors after rejecting a one-year, $17.9 million qualifying offer from the Houston Astros.
Keuchel holds a career 76-63 record and 3.66 ERA (3.72 FIP) and won the American League Cy Young Award in 2015. He is coming off a 2018 campaign in which he went 12-11 with a 3.74 ERA (3.69 FIP) and 153 strikeouts in 204.2 innings pitched.
He has been tossing 95-pitch simulated games every five days in order to stay in shape as the season progressed.