With Day 1 of the MLB Draft passed, free agency 2.0 has officially begun.
By that, I mean teams are going to ramp up their interest in signing Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel -- two players who have hung in free agency limbo since this offseason. Teams were hesitant to sign either of them due to the fact that a draft pick or international bonus pool money would have to be forfeited to do so.
With that out of the way, SNY's Andy Martino is "getting the feeling" that Keuchel -- a player who has long been on the Yankees' radar -- could find his new home by the end of today. The Yankees are a top candidate to land the veteran lefty, while MLB.com's Mark Feinsand has the Braves at the top of the heap, too.
Keuchel was, at first, looking for a multi-year deal. But that has reportedly changed, with reports saying he is open to signing a one-year deal around the $18 million mark. That's the same as his qualifying offer he turned down from the Astros for $17.9 million.
The Yankees could certainly use a player like Keuchel in the middle of their rotation, with Luis Severino still on the IL and injures already plaguing James Paxton and CC Sabathia so far this season. The 31-year-old reportedly would love to play in the Bronx, as he's willing to shave his iconic beard to do so.
Will he sign today? And will it be with the Yankees? The baseball world is on high alert to see what his decision will be.