The starting pitching market could soon have a new big name to shake things up a bit. Many names have been speculated as possibilities to join top starters Jose Quintana and Sonny Gray as available upper echelon starters, but one that hasn’t been heard to this point could possibly join the fray – and that is, Julio Teheran.
Teams in need of starting pitchers, including the Astros, have been calling the Atlanta Braves about Teheran, as they search for alternatives to the obvious top available duo of Quintana and Gray. The Braves seem to be willing to consider anything, and while last year they eventually told teams that Teheran would be staying put (and he did), they haven’t absolutely ruled out a trade for Teheran to this point.
Last year the Braves wanted Teheran to be the pitcher that opened their beautiful new park, SunTrust Field, but as it turns out that field hasn’t necessarily agreed with Teheran (or many other pitchers, for that matter; he’s 6-6 with a 5.14 ERA but 5-0 with a 2.88 ERA on the road and 1-5 with a 7.58 ERA at SunTrust). Teheran hasn’t been mentioned as a trade possibility this go-around, but with Quintana and Gray heading a limited market (it appears Gerrit Cole, Jason Vargas, Ervin Santana and others have a very good chance to stay where they are at present), Teheran’s value may exceed his current stats.
He has an excellent rep as a person and teammate, and a reasonable contract, which could enhance his value further. A change of scenery may be just what he needs, too. In addition to the Astros, the Cubs, Yankees and several others are expected to look to trade for a starter during this trading season.