The Yankees are one of the frontrunners to sign free agent Dallas Keuchel, but the Braves could be emerging as the frontrunner.
While Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reported earlier in the day that the Braves were making a 'push' for Keuchel, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic has since reported that the Braves are in 'serious talks' to acquire the lefty, though other teams are still involved.
SNY's Andy Martino adds that the market for Keuchel this week has proven to be a bit more "robust" than expected, with the Cardinals also involved.
Now that the MLB Draft has passed, Keuchel is no longer attached to draft pick compensation -- making him even more appealing to any team in the running for his services.
It has been reported that Keuchel is willing to take a deal worth the prorated amount of the $17.9 million qualifying offer he rejected during the offseason, but with the market bigger than expected, there is a chance he'll get a multi-year deal -- something it isn't clear the Yankees are willing to do.
The Yankees could certainly use Keuchel in the middle of their rotation, with Luis Severino still on the IL and injuries having already plagued James Paxton and CC Sabathia so far this season. Aside from the above three pitchers, Masahiro Tanaka has been pitching the last few seasons with a partially torn UCL in his elbow.