The Atlanta Braves will officially be without veteran pitcher Julio Teheran after Teheran signed a one-year deal with the Angels. It is an expected but questionable move with Atlanta’s pitching question marks.
The Atlanta Braves lost Dallas Keuchel and Julio Teheran from their rotation, a rotation that was one of the team’s weak points at times. Atlanta signed Cole Hamels this off-season that will off-set the loss of veteran Dallas Keuchel.
However, Atlanta hasn’t signed anyone to replace Teheran. Julio Teheran has had an up-and-down career for Atlanta. What you could say about Teheran, however, is that he is an innings eater who Atlanta could count on to start every 5th day and keep his team in the game.
The problem with Teheran was Atlanta expected him to be someone he was not. Atlanta expected him to live up to his potential and become a top of the rotation arm. Nine years later and Teheran never came close to achieving what many judged his potential to be.
The Angels signing Teheran to a one-year $9-million dollar deal isn’t the worst news for Atlanta if they make a move to replace Teheran’s innings.
Atlanta can count on Cole Hamels, Mike Soroka, and Max Fried that leaves two rotation spots that will assumably go to Mike Foltynewicz and Sean Newcomb for the last two spots. Foltynewicz and Newcomb both have been horribly inconsistent in careers for Atlanta.
The Braves need to make a move they cannot go into the season counting on both Folty and Newcomb. They must make a move to replace Teheran in the rotation and allow Folty and Newcomb to compete for the final roster spot.
Otherwise, this Atlanta team will be heading into the season with a weaker rotation than they had in 2019. Teheran’s career with Atlanta has come to an end now it is time for the Braves to make a move and replace him with a pitcher who can be the ace Atlanta always thought Teheran could be.