This is one of my personal favorites for the Angels this offseason. Teheran has been a very good pitcher for the Braves throughout his career, and it was a little surprising to see them let him go rather than pick up his $12 million option.
But hey, that gives the Angels an opportunity to swoop in and steal a young, above-average arm from the free agent market. Still just 28-years old, Teheran could be just entering the prime years of his career, and the Angels need to make sure that production is in Anaheim.
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In terms of a contract for Teheran, that seems like it could be all over the place. He could opt for a one-year “prove it” deal to build some value while he’s still young. He could also look to sign a long-term deal and cash in while he’s young. For my money, a 3-year, $50 million deal works for both sides. Teheran hits the market again at age 31, the Angels get three prime years of production from Teheran as their farm system grows and develops.
Teheran is certainly the most exciting pitcher of this trio, and definitely has the highest upside.