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Julio Teheran Signs Minor League Contract With Chicago Cubs

 Matt Tallarini  |    Apr 16th, 2024 2:30pm EDT

Julio Teheran, #49 of the New York Mets, pitches against the Atlanta Braves. (Photo by Brett Davis/Getty Images)

Colombian right-handed pitcher Julio Teheran signed a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reported on April 14.

Teheran, 33, was born in Cartagena, Colombia, and played in Major League Baseball for 12 seasons, including with the Atlanta Braves from 2011-19, the Los Angeles Angels in 2020, the Detroit Tigers in 2021, and the Milwaukee Brewers in 2023.

Teheran was a two-time All-Star in 2014 and 2016.

He signed as a free agent to the New York Mets on April 5 and made one start with the organization against the Atlanta Braves on the road on April 8 and threw 2.2 innings, allowing six hits, four earned runs, one home run, two walks, three strikeouts, and posted a 13.50 ERA before him being designated for assignment on April 9.

Teheran was sent outright to Triple-A Syracuse on April 11 and decided to elect free agency the same day before signing with the North Side.

Teheran signed a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles on February 28 and was invited to big league camp.

During spring training, he started in four games and posted a 1-1 record, throwing 13.1 innings with a 3.38 ERA, allowing nine hits, five earned runs, seven walks, and ten strikeouts before signing with the Mets.

Last season, Teheran started with the San Diego Padres organization in Triple-A El Paso and started in eight games, posting a 4-2 record with a 5.63 ERA throwing 40 innings, allowing 51 hits, 25 earned runs, seven home runs, 16 walks, 45 strikeouts, and a 1.675 WHIP before he was released on May 24, 2023.

Milwaukee signed Teheran to a minor league contract on May 25, 2023. Teheran started in 11 games and 14 appearances for the Brewers, throwing 71.2 innings with a 4.40 ERA, allowing 68 hits, 35 earned runs, 13 home runs, 13 walks, 50 strikeouts, and a 1.130 WHIP.

He was transferred to High-A Wisconsin on a rehab assignment on August 25, 2023, and started one game throwing three innings, allowing three hits, one earned run, one home run, and striking out four in a no-decision before he was sent to Triple-A Nashville on August 31.

Teheran started in three games with Triple-A Nashville, posting a 2-0 record with a 4.40 ERA. He pitched 14.1 innings, allowing 13 hits, seven earned runs, one home run, six walks, and 13 strikeouts before he elected free agency on October 6, 2023.

During Teheran’s 13 seasons in the MLB, he has a lifetime record of 81-82 with a 3.85 ERA, 248 starts, and 255 appearances. He has pitched five complete games and three shutouts, 1,470.2 innings, and allowed 1,306 hits, 629 earned runs, 203 home runs, 492 walks, 1,260 strikeouts, and a 1.223 WHIP.