Right-handed pitcher Julio Teheran has signed with the Staten Island FerryHawks of the Atlantic League, according to an announcement from the team.
Teheran, 31, made his MLB debut with the Braves back in 2011, at the age of 20. He would spend close to a decade in Atlanta, pitching with the club until 2019, having his best years from 2013 to 2019. In that seven-year stretch, he threw 1334 innings with a 3.64 ERA, 21.1% strikeout rate and 8.1% walk rate. In the estimation of FanGraphs, he was worth 13.8 wins above replacement during that run.
After reaching free agency for the first time, Teheran signed a one-year, $9MM deal with the Angels. Unfortunately, the pandemic shortened that season to 60 games and Teheran actually caught the virus in July, missing part of the season. Once he was able to get back on the hill, he struggled to get into a groove and put up an ERA of 10.05 in 31 1/3 innings. Based on that awful campaign, he had to settle for a non-guaranteed deal with the Tigers for 2021. He eventually had his contract selected, earning a $3MM salary for the year. However, after one five-inning start, he was placed on the injured list with a shoulder strain and never returned.
Back in March, free agents Anibal Sanchez, Erasmo Ramirez and Teheran held a showcase for scouts in Miami. Sanchez and Ramirez both ended up signing minor league deals with the Nationals and eventually made it back to the big leagues. But a deal for Teheran apparently never materialized from an MLB club, at least not one that he liked enough to sign. Now he will head to the expansion Staten Island FerryHawks for their inaugural season in the Atlantic League.