NY Mets DFA Veteran Starter After Brutal Start

A 13-year resume as a mostly decent starter in the big leagues was enough for the New York Mets to sign veteran pitcher Julio Teheran to a $2.5 million contract last week. But all it took was a brutal 2.2 innings Monday night to convince them that they made a mistake, and Teheran was unceremoniously dumped (designated for assignment) today.

As his contract was non-guaranteed, all he gets is a pro-rated portion based on the number of days spent on the roster (four). That works out to a $54,000 payday for the veteran hurler so far. But there's more: Players make their major-league rate while in DFA limbo. So Teheran will be getting another seven days' worth of pay. From the Mets' perspective, to this point, they've paid him $20,224.72 per inning, but that figure will go up.

The 33-year-old allowed four runs on six hits and two walks in those 2 ⅔ innings, though the Mets came back and defeated the Atlanta Braves 8-7. 

Last season with the Milwaukee Brewers, Teheran appeared in 14 games and posted a 4.40 ERA and 1.13 WHIP.

He was an All-Star with the Atlanta Braves in 2014 and 2016, and has a career ERA of 3.83 along with a 1.22 WHIP with an ERA+ of 106,

In a corresponding move, the Mets called up right-hander Dedniel Núñez from Triple-A Syracuse.

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