The Chicago Cubs are another team that could certainly be in position to make a move if they see fit, with an array of young bats that includes catcher Willson Contreras, infielders Javier Baez and Gleyber Torres, and outfielder Jorge Soler that could form a significant package. However, the performance of the Cubs rotation would suggest that a deal of this magnitude may not be in their best interest. The Braves would likely be intrigued by a number of the Cubs’ young position players, but a lack of urgency on the part of Chicago may lessen the likelihood of Atlanta receiving the offer they desire.
The Houston Astros could also make a significant play for Teheran at this year’s deadline, with infielder Alex Bregman as a potential starting point for a deal. However, most of the Astros young talent comes in the form of major league players like Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve, and George Springer, all of whom are likely untouchable. This would limit the amount of talent made available for the Braves to choose from in the event of a Teheran deal with Houston.
The Pittsburgh Pirates could conceivably be in the market for pitching this summer, though they have two high-profile arms in Jameson Taillon and Tyler Glasnow that could potentially fill in behind ace Gerrit Cole. If the Pirates do go shopping for pitchers, they could likely make an offer that would pique the Braves interest. Among their top prospects are first baseman/outfielder Josh Bell and outfielder Austin Meadows that could potentially be made available.