As David O’Brien of The Athletic reported, the Braves may not be totally out on Julio Teheran.
#Braves haven't ruled out bringing back Teheran at a lower price. Anthopoulos said both sides agreed to stay in touch and Teheran will explore other potential offers.
— David O'Brien (@DOBrienATL) November 4, 2019
With Julio’s exit from the club on pretty awkward terms, I don’t think a deal happens to keep him in Atlanta. I’m positive he has negative feelings about being left off the playoff roster twice. Any human being with emotions would feel that way. I imagine the club will offer him about $6-$9 million, maybe even for more than a year. If the Braves can get him on a deal that cheap, by all means, bring him back. However, I think Teheran is going to receive a pretty decent offer somewhere else.
It wouldn’t be ridiculous for a team looking to make a leap to give him a multi-year contract worth around $30 million. Organizations like the Cubs and Dodgers will also be looking for innings eaters to add to their rotations. Teheran will probably be a consolation prize for a team looking to acquire one of the top guys and whiffing. He’ll more than likely be overpaid a tad because his durability and previous success will be attractive for a lot of teams.
I think the team and Teheran both have pretty different interests. He wants to be a key factor on a winning team in the playoffs, and the Braves have shown they don’t believe he’s that guy, even with how well he pitched in 2019. Teheran can get more money elsewhere, and a team like the Angels is an excellent fit for him.
If they can call up Jo Adell, sign Gerrit Cole or Strasburg, and add Teheran to stabilize the rotation, it would be a successful offseason for them. As much as Teheran drove Braves Country crazy at times, I’m grateful for his time in Atlanta. He’s been with the organization since 2007 and has seen the best and worst of Braves baseball over the past few seasons. It’s going be weird watching him suit up for another team, but I wish him the best of luck wherever he goes. He’s given us some quality baseball over the years and has been a class act as a Brave.