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Braves sign Julio Teheran to long-term extension

Feb 14, 2014, 10:40 AM EDT

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Julio Teheran and the Braves have agreed to a six-year contract extension with a team option for 2020.

Atlanta is locking up Teheran after just one full season, but it was a very impressive one as he threw 186 innings with a 3.20 ERA and 170/45 K/BB ratio as a 22-year-old. Teheran also has the track record to match, ranking among Baseball America‘s top-50 prospects in four straight seasons, including top-five rankings in 2011 and 2012.

He’s the real deal and now the Braves have him under team control through age 29, buying out all of Teheran’s arbitration-eligible seasons and as many as two of his free agency years.

UPDATE: Teheran is guaranteed $32.4 million in the deal.

  1. @Cereal_22 - Feb 14, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Smart move….are you paying attention O’s ? (Tillman)

  2. chc4 - Feb 14, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    Wow, that’s a steal for the Braves.

  3. hansob - Feb 14, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    6 yrs/$32.4M if the reports are correct. That seems like a REALLY good deal for the Braves. Obviously it could blow up in a Ricky Romero kind of way, but there’s a TON of upside. If he makes another small jump and maintains it, they might be buying out his arbitration years for less than half of what it would have cost if they’d gone year to year. $12M option in 2020 could also be an absolute steal.

  4. Ben - Feb 14, 2014 at 12:03 PM

    If you average the Freeman and Teheran deals, the Atlanta front office looks like it knows what it’s doing again.

  5. paperlions - Feb 14, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    If he doesn’t become a super-2, over the next 2 years he would make a total of about $1M, then would get something like $4M, $8M, $12M in arbitration….leaving only about $7M for that last year…if he became a super 2, they’d save a lot more than that on the deal. Not a bad deal for either side, Teheran get’s security, which is important for a young pitcher, who could break at any time and never cash in.

  6. leylandshospicenurse - Feb 14, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    Great move, don’t stop there.

  7. baseballisboring - Feb 14, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Wow, guess Teheran really values having some security. Can’t say I blame him but he could deliver $33MM worth of value in 2 good years…

  8. bellerophon30 - Feb 15, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    This is a good deal, to lock up a starter for six years at that kind of money. Makes one wonder if that impacts what they’re going to do with Kimbrel. I’d love to be a fly on the wall at his arbitration hearing where they tell him that he’s crap and doesn’t deserve his money……it would take a real actor to keep a straight face while saying that.

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