2-Time All-Star Hits Free Agent Market for 4th Time This Year

He’s a former two-time All-Star who was a front-line starting pitcher for the Atlanta Braves for many years. But since 2020, things have taken a decidedly significant downturn for Colombian right-hander Julio Teheran, with an overall 6.10 ERA across 110.2 innings in the years since then. He has now opted out of his minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs—his 3rd team this year—and become a free agent for the 4th time in 2024.

He began his year signing on with the Baltimore Orioles to begin spring Training. Then when it became evident he would not make the club, he opted out of his minor league deal and hit the open market again. 

He signed with the New York Mets but they quickly moved on from him after he lasted just 2.2 innings in his only start surrendering six hits and four runs for a 13.50 ERA. 

He then signed a minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs, where he put up some dreadful numbers in Triple-A over the past while. Although he was punching out batters at a 10.2 per nine inning rate, he did post an 8.82 ERA across eight starts. It's not too surprising that the Cubs didn't call him up with numbers like that. 

So it's back to the open market for the 33-year-old where he'll be looking to hook up with his fourth team of 2024. 

Teheran was a two-time All-Star back in his days with the Braves, and has a career 3.85 ERA with a 1.22 WHIP, both more than satisfactory stats. He even suggested he could still be a useful MLB arm last season, posting a reasonable 4.40 with the Milwaukee Brewers with an even more acceptable 1.13 WHIP and a 50:13 K/BB ratio. 

Things, however, have fallen off a cliff this year, and we'll have to see if another team wants to take a chance on Teheran. 

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