SP Julio Teheran Agrees to 1-Year Deal With Angels

Julio Teheran with the Atlanta Braves in 2019. Photo by Austin Mcafee/CSM/Shutterstock (10368398n)

Veteran MLB right-handed pitcher Julio Teheran has found a new home in free agency, signing a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Angels.

The long-time Atlanta Braves starter, whose team option for the 2020 season was not picked up at the conclusion of the season, heads west to join a team where he will expected to be a key member of the pitching staff.

The Colombia native will reportedly earn $9 million next season.

Teheran, once one of the top prospects in baseball, spent the first nine seasons of his career with the Braves. He was a durable workhorse, pitching at least 170 innings in every season since 2013.

Twice named an All-Star during his run with the Braves, Teheran has molded himself into a ground ball artist with a crafty repertoire after losing the zip on his fastball over the past few seasons. While he doesn’t throw too hard anymore, he was still effective in 2019, posting a 10-11 record with a 3.81 ERA.

Teheran is the second right-handed addition to the Angels rotation in free agency this season, joining Dylan Bundy as a new face in Anaheim.

Los Angeles will be thrilled if Teheran can eat innings and post respectable numbers, allowing the team’s high-powered offense to do the heavy work in 2020.