Former All-Star Pitcher Opts Of Deal With San Diego Padres

Seasoned right-handed pitcher, Julio Teheran has opted out of his minor league contract with the San Diego Padres.

According to reports by Jon Heyman of the New York Post, the Padres have released him, but expressed interest in re-signing Teheran.

However, the 32-year-old pitcher may first explore other opportunities in the open market.

Teheran signed a minor league contract with the Padres last November and was pitching for their Triple-A affiliate, the El Paso Chihuahuas, as a backup option for the team's roster.

However, his performance this season had been lackluster, with a 6.84 ERA, 1.72 WHIP, and 29 strikeouts in five starts and 25 innings with Triple-A El Paso.

This may have contributed to the Padres' decision to release him.

As a former All-Star and long-time successful starter, Teheran's decision will undoubtedly draw attention from fans and analysts alike.

It will be interesting to see if Teheran is able to find another team willing to take a chance on him, given his experience and track record as a major league pitcher. Over his 11-year MLB career, Teheran holds a 3.80 ERA, 1.22 WHIP, with 1,207 strikeouts over 1,396.1 innings and 240 appearances. Photo Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports