The San Diego Padres are known for being one of the busier teams in baseball and have shown an affinity for acquiring star players under GM A.J. Preller. It comes as no surprise, then, that they've added another All-Star to their ranks.
On Sunday it was announced that San Diego had signed two-time All-Star Julio Teheran to a minor league deal.
Julio Teheran Padres
Teheran, 31, could earn up to $6 million on his new deal if he reaches the majors with the Padres. He's only appeared in one MLB game over the past two seasons combined and hasn't pitched in a major league game since April 3, 2021. He proceeded to miss the rest of the 2021 campaign with a shoulder injury before spending the 2022 season in the Atlantic League and Mexican League.
The veteran right-hander is hoping to make it back to the big leagues after establishing himself as one of the better starting pitchers in the National League during the 2010s. He went 76-72 with a 3.64 ERA with the Atlanta Braves from 2013-2019, making at least 30 starts every year as a reliable mainstay in Atlanta's rotation.
San Diego is hopeful he can recapture some of that form and be a valuable contributor to the pitching staff this season. He struggled mightily with the Los Angeles Angels during the pandemic-shortened 2020 season, so it's been several years since he was effective at the MLB level. Given Teheran's track record, however, he's worth taking a flier on and could prove to be a savvy pickup for the Padres.