Hinch On Keuchel: "It's A Miss By The Industry"

Astros manager A.J. Hinch believes Dallas Keuchel should have been on a roster a long time ago

Tiki and Tierney
June 05, 2019 - 6:21 pm

Dallas Keuchel is a Cy Young winner, a World Series champion and last year went 12-11 with a 3.74 ERA. He’s a good player.

Yet, he remains unemployed.

“It’s a miss by the industry because he could help a team win,” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said on Tiki & Tierney. “He’s a winning pitcher, he’s got some moxie to him, he’s competitive, he’s prepared – he can do some things that help you win. The business of the game kind of took over.”

Keuchel, a two-time All-Star, played for Houston from 2012-18. He does not believe he has received market value for his services.

“He’s probably right,” Hinch said. “He can help you win. He’s not past his prime or anything like that. He’s right in the middle of where his career should be, and yet, I think baseball sometimes can outsmart themselves. As an industry, we can get into value and can this player produce the same result at a different value, and it becomes a little bit of a business assessment. Maybe that got him a little bit.

“But he’s going to sign pretty soon,” Hinch continued. “He’s going to jump in, and he’s going to be locked in. I think he’s going to help a playoff-caliber team be really good. But he’s exposed a little bit of the inefficiencies in our business with the draft pick and the Type-A, Type-B free agency stuff and the qualifying offer and all that comes with it. It’s unfortunate because our game is at our best when the best players are on the field. Craig Kimbrel and Dallas Keuchel and guys that have been passed over need to be active and playing from day one, in my opinion.”

Click below to listen to Hinch’s interview in its entirety.