Left-hander Dallas Keuchel says he doesn't expect to need much time tuning up in the minors before he joins his new team, the Atlanta Braves.
The team confirmed Friday night that the 2015 American League Cy Young Award winner had agreed to a one-year contract. He's scheduled to pitch Saturday for Triple-A Gwinnett.
During a conference call, Keuchel said he has been pitching seven innings in simulated games in Southern California, and he's eager to start pitching for the Braves.
"I'm built up to go five or six innings at least," he said. "There's no concrete timetable, but I would expect, knowing how I operate, it wouldn't be long at all."
The veteran starter will earn $13 million this season, which is prorated from a figure of $21.21 million, sources said, confirming a Yahoo! report.