Padres: 3 free agent pitching targets not named Stephen Strasburg

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 04: Starting pitcher Zack Wheeler #45 of the New York Mets throws to a Washington Nationals batter in the fourth inning at Nationals Park on September 04, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 04: Starting pitcher Zack Wheeler #45 of the New York Mets throws to a Washington Nationals batter in the fourth inning at Nationals Park on September 04, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /
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ST LOUIS, MISSOURI – OCTOBER 07: Dallas  Keuchel #60 of the Atlanta Braves delivers the pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning in game four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 07, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Scott Kane/Getty Images)
ST LOUIS, MISSOURI – OCTOBER 07: Dallas  Keuchel #60 of the Atlanta Braves delivers the pitch against the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning in game four of the National League Division Series at Busch Stadium on October 07, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Scott Kane/Getty Images) /

Dallas Keuchel

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Remember when I said after Strasburg and Cole there is a big drop off … well, here is the drop-off.

But for many reasons, I think Dallas Keuchel could be a great fit in San Diego.

For one, the cost of Keuchel is much more reasonable as MLBTR predicts he’ll get a three-year deal for $39 million, but I kind of doubt he’ll get a three-year deal.

Second, he’s a guy that takes the ball every fifth day and is very reliable. While he’s not the Cy Young candidate that he was when he won it in 2015, he gives you a great effort and keeps your team in the game every time he takes the mound.

And third, and most importantly, he’s a groundball pitcher that has a tendency to get hurt by the home run ball.

I know those two don’t add up, but Keuchel had a 60 percent groundball rate while giving up 16 home runs in just 112.2 innings in 2019.

But if you put him in spacious Petco Park those home run numbers could go down, and with the infield defense the Padres have, he could see a nice boost in ERA.

Keuchel won’t be the household name everyone is looking for, but he could be a steady force atop the rotation and could benefit from pitching in Petco Park with the Padres defense behind him.

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Those are the three free agent pitchers not named Stephen Strasburg that make the most sense for the Padres. Let me know what you think in the comments below.

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