Dallas Keuchel remains unsigned with the new year looming, and the Astros have yet to make a notable addition to their pitching staff, which raises the question: is there a realistic chance the team will reunite with the left-hander? MLB.com's Brian McTaggart isn't ruling it out, but thinks it's still a long shot,
"I think it certainly could happen, but I think it's slim at this point," McTaggart said Friday on MLB Network. "I think if we're a month from now, if we're in late January and the market for Keuchel isn't what he wants, and the Astros still haven't filled this so-called void they have for a No. 3 starter, then I think maybe Keuchel comes into the picture.
"I don't think the Astros would go five years for Keuchel like we hear that he wants, but things change."
Houston is down three starters from its 2018 rotation, with Keuchel and Charlie Morton departing as free agents and Lance McCullers Jr. recovering from Tommy John surgery. But the club still has Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole leading the starting staff and can fill the final three spots with a combination of Collin McHugh, Brad Peacock, Josh James and Forrest Whitley.