The Padres have re-signed right-hander Julio Teheran to a new minor league deal and assigned him to Triple-A El Paso, per his transactions tracker at MLB.com.
Teheran, 32, had signed a minor league deal with the Padres over the winter but he opted out of that deal earlier this week and returned to free agency. It was reported at that time that the Friars hoped to re-sign him, which has now come to fruition.
So far this year, Teheran has made five starts for the Chihuahuas but with a bloated 6.84 ERA. He has a 24.8% strikeout rate and 7.7% walk rate but has surrendered six home runs over 25 innings in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League.
In spite of those results, the Padres clearly value him as a veteran depth option and have brought him back into the organization. The club isn’t exactly desperate for rotation depth at the moment, as they have Joe Musgrove, Yu Darvish, Blake Snell, Michael Wacha and Seth Lugo as their regulars at the moment. They have enough options that Nick Martinez has been pushed to the bullpen and Ryan Weathers has been optioned to Triple-A. But as the saying goes, you can never have too much pitching, and the Padres will retain an arm with plenty of experience.
Teheran has racked up 1396 1/3 major league innings over his career with an ERA of 3.80. He was once a mainstay of the rotation in Atlanta but has become a journeyman in recent years, bouncing to the Angels and Tigers recently before pitching in the Atlantic League and Mexican League last year.
So what does the new minor league deal entail that the previous minor league deal did not? More money now or more money if he makes the majors? Or both?
Nothing. Teheran opted out to see if any other teams could offer a ML deal, none did so he returned to the Padres.
The team gave him a raise to stay. 97.3 is saying he is now signed to a split contract.
Probably new opt outs. He wasn’t able to find a deal now, but I doubt he wants to pitch in the minors all year.
“…the Padres will retain an arm with plenty of experience.”
Yeah, and I’ll ride on tires with plenty of miles.
So basically, no other teams were interested in signing him to more than a minor league contract… seems like the agent should’ve been aware of that.
Ya never know when a team with payroll flexibility loses a pitcher to injury and gets desperate. I see no harm in opting-out and freely exploring. He found nothing else like you’ve noted.
When the Rockies, who are desperate for any kind of pitching, aren’t interested, you take what you can get…….even at AAA.
Happy for him. He was in Indy ball a year ago
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They re-signed him to the same contract but added a 10% discount on all merchandise in the team store and food items at Petco Park…
The coupon good for one (1) order of carne asada nachos from Seaside Market went unmentioned…
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Gwynning, he has to make at least one quality for that perk to kick in…
Preller on a new level, I can dig it.
That deal is worth it just for the California Burrito, a Petco Park delight.
You failed to include Yu Darvish Bobblehead Night, which is coming up shortly. He would have to be crazy to miss out on that. Since he’s not crazy, he won’t..
That’s a really good deal
This one belongs to the Reds
They can’t say “there ain’t no Julio here!” anymore.
If I remember correctly, the deal he had before said he would make a rate of 6 mil/yr for his time on the major league roster.
Besides wanting to test the market, he may find it more likely to get the call up if that isn’t part of his deal?
Teheran is a solid person, which helps.
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6.84 ERA in AAA spells unlimited minor league bus rides, nobody jumped@ that sweet opportunity to sign the newly minted FA
You never know whats gonna happen. Brent Rooker was doing the MLB DFA tour last season. Look at him now.
For El Paso the team ERA is 6.73 and the PCL as a whole is 6.22. It translates to a mid 4’s ERA in the majors. Teheran has the most IP per start of any pitcher in Chihuahuas starting rotation. As minor league depth, that is a good combination. Eat innings and limit the damage.
PCL stats are always crazy like this. The ERAs are sky high, but it makes sense when guys like Brandon Dixon have a slash line of .354/.448/.729 with 5HR. Have to take everything in that league with a grain of salt.
Depth in the minors that can come up and eat innings. If he allows less than 5 runs in 6 IP then the team still has a chance to win,
“It’s alive. It’s alive. It’s ALIVE!
All that coin for .500 ball.
And looking up at the Dodgers and Dbacks.