I suspect that, by now, folks will start to trickle in for the morning, and I wanted to have a little something ready to greet you.
Yesterday, Jeff Passan reported that the Braves were listening on young righty Julio Teheran:
Sources: Atlanta may not be done after dealing Alex Wood. Braves have listened on Julio Teheran as well. SP market still awfully crowded.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) July 30, 2015
Listening on Teheran is one thing – actually getting serious pings and considering moving him is another. Teheran is 24, is under cheap team control through 2019 (plus an option year thereafter), and was worth 2.7 and 3.5 WAR in 2013 and 2014. That said, Teheran is having a down year in 2015 (4.71 ERA, 4.61 FIP, 4.12 xFIP, 0.4 WAR, strikeout rate down, walk rate way up), and he wasn’t signed to his long-term deal by the current Braves administration.
That is all to say, maybe the Braves really would consider moving Teheran for a reasonable return.
Enter a report from Gordon Wittenmyer indicating that while, yes, the Cubs are having discussions with the Padres about their pitchers, they have also had conversations with the Braves about Teheran. The Braves, according to Wittenmyer, are “motivated” to move Teheran in favor of bats (Jorge Soler is mentioned specifically, though he might cost more than just Teheran).
It’s an interesting read, going into other pitching avenues for the Cubs (like I’ve mentioned, Wittenmyer sees Ian Kennedy as the most likely outcome for the Cubs), including other Padres starters, and offering more information on Teheran.
It’s worth noting that Teheran had a brutally bad April, but has since improved (and his velocity has climbed), and could be getting close to where he was the last two years.