The Atlanta Braves have signed Julio Teheran to a six-year contract through the 2019 season with an option for the 2020 season. The guaranteed money is $32.4 million and the option year is worth $12 million. This is big news to Braves fans to see that the team has signed another one of their young core players to a long-term deal.
Teheran, who is just 22-years-old, has gone 15-9 in his time with the big club and holds a career ERA of 3.44. He finished fifth in the NL Rookie of the Year race behind guys such as Jose Fernandez, Yasiel Puig, Shelby Miller and Hyun-jin Ryu. In 2013, Teheran made great strides in becoming one of the best young pitchers in the NL with an ERA of 3.20 and struck out 170 batters in 185.2 innings pitched. He gets around 7.9 strikeouts per nine innings he pitches and averages just over three strikeouts per walk he allows.
For the team, this is very relieving news. The Braves are doing something with this team that they haven’t done in some years now. They are locking up core players who can develop this team into a contender for years to come. This is now two players that the Braves have locked up in long-term deals for over five years. The organization is making smart decisions this spring to plan more for the future of the team and showing the fans that they are just as invested in the team as they are.
This contract adds to the Freddie Freeman deal that was finalized just days ago. The team was smart to save Teheran from the arbitration process. There was a chance for him to hit the arbitration process as a “super two” player even though it is slim. The deal will likely also save the Braves some money by not allowing Teheran to get to the court hearings and keep him for six more years.