JJ Picollo details how Royals view Brad Keller's future with the team


The longer the Royals continue to struggle, the more likely it is that trade talks surrounding a group of half dozen or so players will continue to grow. One of those players may be Brad Keller, who's putting together a career season in 2022. Despite being 1-4, Keller's started eight games and put up a 3.20 ERA, a 3.13 FIP, and a career-best BB/9 (2.13). He's currently on a one-year, $4.8 million deal with the Royals, and at only 26, will be eligible for a third year of arbitration this offseason before becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2024. Speaking with 610's Cody and Gold on Tuesday, Royals GM JJ Picollo detailed a bit of how the team is approaching Keller's future in Kansas City.

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"We haven't talked extensions with Brad directly," he said. "Internally, we do have those discussion. You know, what's the best route for us? Brad's having a great year, so there's going to be interest him. We also have a need for starting pitching, so it's that balance of, 'Is this the right time? Is this the right person? Do we need him long-term?' And there are things we'll have to determine as we get closer to the deadline, what direction we're going to go."

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