Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The Case For Bringing Julio Teheran To The Red Sox

(USAToday Sports)
First of all, the Atlanta—formerly Boston—Braves flat out stink. They are going nowhere fast. They've won all of 12 games on the year, and are already 14 games out of first place. They could use an injection of young, talented prospects to adorn their soon-to-be-opened new stadium. Enter your Boston Red Sox, possessing a bevy of desirable prospects and needing a number two starter. That starter could be Julio Teheran—just 25 years old and a proven winner. So far this season, on a God-awful Bravo team, he is 1-4 with a 2.73 ERA. The 6'2", 200-pound Colombian is averaging almost eight strikeouts per nine innings (7.6). In his career—spanning parts of six seasons—he is 41-34 with a 3.38 ERA. And—in what we think is the test of a good pitcher—he's yielded only 621 hits in 689 1/3 innings pitched. Granted, he may do less well in AL ballparks—but, what, Clay Buchholz is a better bet? We need a reliable starter to back up David Price—and Teheran has been a workhorse, with back-to-back 200+ innings pitched in 2014 and 2015. With a bullpen further depleted by the loss of Carson Smith, we need guys who can go deep. Let's make the deal.