The quest for starting pitching continued for the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday, as they signed 28-year-old right-hander Julio Teheran to a one-year, $9 million deal, which was first reported by ESPN‘s Jeff Passan.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic later reported the numbers attached to Teheran’s deal with the Angels.
Teheran will be pitching in a different uniform for the first time in his big-league career, having spent his first nine seasons with the Atlanta Braves. Teheran signed with the Braves when he was 16 and made his big-league debut in 2011 when he was 20. During his nine years in Atlanta, he compiled a 77-73 record with a 3.67 cumulative ERA.
Teheran was a two-time All-Star with the Braves, as well as a model of consistency and durability. He made no fewer than 30 starts per year from 2013-2019, and that reliability is exactly what the Angels desperately need.
The Angels ranked 25th in Major League Baseball in collective team ERA last season (5.12). To make matters worse, the Angels didn’t have a single starting pitcher who was able to make more than 20 starts. The Angels organization was also stunned by tragedy due to the sudden and untimely death of Tyler Skaggs, one of the team’s most promising young pitchers, who was found dead in a hotel room on July 1.
Teheran will join Dylan Bundy as one of the newcomers to the Angels starting rotation, as the team is looking to add stability and consistency to its pitching staff. Teheran and Bundy are both still in their 20s, which made them appealing options to an Angels team that’s looking to set-up a multi-year window to contend in the ultra-competitive American League West division.
There’s no denying that the Angels have big-name talent scattered throughout their lineup, particularly after adding Anthony Rendon to the mix. He joins Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani, Justin Upton, and Andrelton Simmons in an Angels lineup that is sure to give opposing pitchers headaches in the 2020 season. However, the Angels pitching staff is severely lacking and has been the biggest hindrance to them being able to compete for a spot in the playoffs in recent memory.
The additions of Bundy and Teheran are small steps in the right direction for the Angels. However, they need to add much more than the two right-handers if they hope to finally break their playoff drought anytime soon.