Tom Verducci: 'Don't Think Keuchel Is A Good Fit For Yankees'

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Maggie Gray & Bart Scott
May 07, 2019 - 2:27 pm
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The Yankees have had more than a dozen players on the inured list so far this season. But here they are on May 7 with a 20-14 record, and just two games behind the Rays in the AL East. 

How the heck have they been able to do it with all the injuries to significant players? 

"It's partly a function of what the American League is this year," Sports Illustrated and MLB Network's Tom Verducci said on WFAN with CMB Tuesday.  "There's a lot of teams that just aren't very good in the American League. The Yankees have a great run differential, a winning record. They have beaten three winning teams all year. This is what happens. You get these stretches when you see one weak team after another in the American League. I don't want to take anything away from them. They're playing the schedule. They're winning these games, but you can't do this in the National League. There are very few times you can look at a block of games and say 'hey, we can make some hay right here.' This year in the American League, there's a lot of opportunities to draw up some wins quickly." 

Dallas Keuchel and Craig Kimbrel are both still out there awaiting to be signed. Teams like the Yankees and Red Sox could end up waiting to potentially sign them until after June 1st when there is not a draft pick attached to them. 

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"Kimbrel will help someone a lot quicker than Keuchel can just being a relief pitcher, pitching one inning at a time," Verducci told Carlin, Maggie, and Bart. "I'm looking at a team like the Washington Nationals. I know they're all beat up, beat up as the Yankees are, but their bullpen has probably been the worst in baseball. They need a difference maker. I like the idea of any contending team in June and July saying let's go out and get a relief pitcher, a proven closer, and we don't have to give up any talent. That's the big hook here. It's just money to sign them." 

Keuchel might be a different story. 

"Keuchel is a little bit differently. I don't think he's a good fit for the Yankees or the Red Sox, because in both cases I'm not in love with the defense on the left side of the field," Verducci said. "If you sign Dallas Keuchel, you are committing to fielding ground balls behind him on the pull side to right-handed hitters and the Yankees and Red Sox don't fit that kind of category. I think he's a perfect fit for the Padres. I've said that all along. That's a team that's a sneaky contender." 

You can hear the entire interview with Verducci on the Yankees and Mets in the audio player above. 

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