Should the Braves Trade Julio Teheran?

Potential Trade Partners

Source: Christopher Evans/Boston Herald

Source: Christopher Evans/Boston Herald

Boston Red Sox

Before throwing out names that could come up in trade talks over the next month, let’s first look at some of the teams that could be in play for Teheran’s services, starting with the most heavily-rumored suitor, the Boston Red Sox. It has been rumored for weeks that Boston is intrigued by Teheran, which comes as no surprise given Red Sox senior VP of baseball operations Frank Wren’s attendance at Teheran’s most recent start. Wren has a long history with Teheran, having signed the Colombia native as an international free agent in 2007 while serving as the Braves’ assistant general manager.

To have Wren in Atlanta to scout Teheran only enhances the belief that a serious offer from the Red Sox could come in the near future. Boston is expected to be aggressive in the pitching market this summer due to the lack of consistency in their rotation behind David Price, Rick Porcello, and newcomer Steven Wright. With growing speculation that the Red Sox will look to add a starter, coupled with the number of high-profile bats within the organization, let’s examine what kind of return the Braves might require if Teheran becomes Boston’s top target.

In addition to necessity for the Red Sox to add pitching, the Braves will likely be in the market for position players that can relieve some of the organizational imbalance that currently leans heavily toward pitching. This makes the Red Sox a logical trade partner, as they have a lot to offer with regards to bats. Top prospects like second baseman Yoan Moncada, third baseman Rafael Devers, or outfielder Andrew Benintendi could potentially headline a package for Teheran, but do the Braves want to prioritize minor league talent? The lack of near-ready bats in the organization could influence the Braves’ asking price and make them more inclined to ask for a major league player such as outfielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. in return. It remains to be seen what the Red Sox may be willing to offer for Teheran, but the pieces for a deal are in place if either side is willing to budge.

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