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07:05  15 april  2019
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Four reasons why the Phillies should sign free agents Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel

Four reasons why the Phillies should sign free agents Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel The situation is ripe for the Phillies to pounce after jumping out to a nice 4-1 start

Craig Kimbrel could see his options open up a bit as teams recognize their bullpen deficiencies. This is an obstacle and part of the reason Kimbrel and Keuchel remain unsigned, but it isn't an insurmountable one. Once you reach free agency , you should be a free agent .

Philly unlikely to engage Keuchel , Kimbrel unless prices drop, sources say. The two most notable free agents other than Harper are left-hander Dallas Keuchel and closer Craig Kimbrel . Kimbrel reportedly has been looking for a similar deal. It is not to say the Phillies won't change their mind.

Kimbrel, Keuchel reportedly lowering their free agent asking prices© Provided by Oath Inc. Free agent All-Stars Dallas Keuchel (pictured) and Craig Kimbrel may be lowering their asking prices. (AP Photo/David Dermer) Work can be hard to find for All-Stars these days. Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel can attest to that.

The pair of free agent pitchers have not yet found a home two weeks into the regular season because teams haven’t been willing to meet their asking prices. However, that may change soon as the pair reportedly are willing to accept smaller deals.

On Saturday night, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported that Kimbrel is now seeking a three-year deal at a lower annual average value than he originally demanded. Meanwhile, ESPN’s Buster Olney reported on Sunday that Keuchel could be open to a one-year deal.

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Left-hander Dallas Keuchel reportedly sought a six- to seven-year However, barring a massive drop in asking price , the Brewers aren’t in position to sign Kimbrel or the majors’ other big-ticket free Both Kimbrel and Keuchel rejected a .9MM qualifying offer from their previous team at the outset

Keuchel and Kimbrel have different agents but both entered free agency reportedly hoping to score contracts of 0MM or more; that initial asking price may have turned off some suitors entirely, as there’s been little in the way of teams reported to have interest in the duo. That certainly doesn’t mean

How much longer these players’ absences will continue is a tough questions. Some teams may prefer to wait until June when the draft pick penalty no longer applies. But something needed to change, and apparently that may be the players’ asking prices.

How did Craig Kimbrel get here?

Considering how much every team needs bullpen help — even the loaded New York Yankees — it’s wild that Kimbrel is sitting at home.

The simple explanation, though, is that he’s been asking for far too much money. Going into the offseason, Kimbrel’s agent was reportedly demanding $120 million over six years — $34 million and an extra year more than any other reliever. That number eventually came down to $100 million over five years, but no team has bitten yet.

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2018-19 MLB Free Agents . MLB Free Agent Prediction Contest Leaderboard Now Available. Craig Kimbrel : Teams would also need to surrender a draft to sign Kimbrel since he turned down a What could dampen enthusiasm, however, is Brantley’s initial asking price , reportedly something akin to a

The third-largest overall free - agent deal this offseason behind Harper and Machado was starting pitcher Patrick Corbin's six-year, 0 Both Keuchel and Kimbrel entered this winter reportedly hoping to land long-term contracts of 0 million or more. The high asking prices may have been

Teams have been scared off by big money closer contracts because of the fickle nature of relievers. Few relievers beyond Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera stay elite for four seasons in a row, let a lone six. Which is why a three-year request seems more reasonable.

Looking at similar deals for All-Stars such as $51 million for Colorado Rockies closer Wade Davis and $39 million for Yankees lefty Zack Britton could make sense. However, a one-year deal doesn’t seem likely because teams probably won’t be any more willing to give him $20 million annually when he’s another year older.

How did Dallas Keuchel get here?

Keuchel entered the winter with hopes of being the highest-paid free agent pitcher, but he stands no chance of matching Patrick Corbin’s $140 million deal with the Washington Nationals at this point.

The 2015 Cy Young Award winner seems headed for a short-term deal to re-establish his value. It’s easy to imagine him landing a big deal next winter if his ERA is closer to the his 2.90 mark in 2017 than the 3.74 mark from 2018, especially with no qualifying offer attached to him.

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Free agents Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel both remain unsigned. SNY asked Mets fans who they'd rather sign to help with Mets pitching. Here's what it would reportedly cost for Mets to sign free agent Dallas Keuchel . If the Mets sign Keuchel , he would replace Jason Vargas in the rotation.

The best bet for free - agent closer Craig Kimbrel , it would seem, is to emerge as the final “must-have” piece in the increasingly competitive NL East. The Red Sox still want Kimbrel , but their desire to retain him is complicated by luxury-tax concerns and the pending free agencies of several star players (see

With that being said, Keuchel still (understandably) wants a high salary for the one season, likely above the $17.9 million qualifying offer he rejected in December. As much as he may be worth that money, not a ton of teams have that much left in their budget during the season.

What teams might be a good fit?

While they haven’t had luck yet, there is no shortage of team that could use extra pitching. The only inhibition seems to be the lack of teams being willing to spend. Teams are using the luxury tax as a hard cap, and 18 teams are more than $60 million below the threshold.

Still, here is just a brief rundown of teams that should (and still could) have interest in the two.

Nationals: Last in the league with a 7.71 bullpen ERA, the Nationals have just two relievers with ERAs below 5. In a suddenly competitive NL East, they could use an extra arm for Sean Doolittle’s inevitable injury list stint.

Boston Red Sox: Boston hasn’t replaced Kimbrel (or Joe Kelly for that matter) in the back of their pen, so they’re lacking in experience. It’s odd that a team whose championship window is now isn’t doing more to supplement its bullpen, especially considering its lack of trade chips.

Craig Kimbrel's price tag appears to have dropped

Craig Kimbrel's price tag appears to have dropped Craig Kimbrel was rumored to be looking for a deal in the $100-million range, but that doesn't appear to be the case now.

However, barring a massive drop in asking price , the Brewers aren’t in position to sign Kimbrel or the majors’ other big-ticket free agent , starter Dallas Keuchel Their interest in Kimbrel has reportedly been on a short-term deal. They can definitely accommodate him at anything from one to three years.

Roughly 200 free agents remain unsigned two months after the Red Sox celebrated the final out of the World They still can't be ruled out for Keuchel , and the Phillies are thought to be interested -- though they But Kimbrel 's command issues in the postseason, combined with his reported asking price of

Chicago Cubs: Oft-injured closer Brandon Morrow is expected to re-join the team within weeks, but the Cubs could definitely use another arm. They are 25th in baseball with a 6.00 ERA this season and last with 6.71 walks per nine innings.

San Diego Padres: San Diego shocked the baseball world by signing Manny Machado to a $300 million deal. They’re still short on pitching, though, and look like a contending team at 11-6. Petco Park could be a great venue for Keuchel to re-establish his value.

Philadelphia Phillies: Owner John Middleton said he was ready to spend “stupid money” this offseason, so maybe there’s money left to spend since Mike Trout and Machado won’t be coming to town. Keuchel would be a big upgrade over their back-end starters.

Milwaukee Brewers: Milwaukee has been surprisingly active over the last two winters, but most of their moves have been focused on the offense. Keuchel would bring much-needed stability to their rotation, which lacks experience.

Minnesota Twins: With the Cleveland Indians trying their best to not spend money, the Twins could take this chance to push for a division title. They’re already 1.5 games up on the rest of the division and have a spacious ballpark for Keuchel.

More from Yahoo Sports:

Dallas Keuchel could reportedly sign with Brewers, Phillies.
Dallas Keuchel seems to be willing to take far less money now than he was seeking during the winter, and the left-hander could be inching closer to signing with a team. ESPN’s Buster Olney reported over the weekend that Keuchel is willing to sign a one-year deal, and Jon Heyman of Fancred has heard the same. Heyman lists the Brewers, Phillies, Padres and Astros among the teams to watch. Dallas Keuchel is believed open to the right 1-year deal, then resetting. One under the radar team: maybe Milwaukee, which has been linked to Kimbrel and has been willing to give up draft choice at times (ie Grandal, Lohse). Phillies, Padres, Astros are among other possibilities.

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