In the midst of one of their worst seasons in recent history, the last-place Atlanta Braves figure to be sellers between now and the trade deadline early next month.
Without much in terms of capital on the Big League club, the central focus of rumors surrounding the Braves have involved All-Star starter Julio Teheran.
The 25-year-old ace has long been considered to be on the trade block and would be one of the most sought-after commodities should these rumors come to fruition.
However, Braves general manager John Coppolella flatly denied this possibility in a recent Q&A with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution with a simple quote.
“No. We aren’t trading Julio.”
This could very well be the Braves attempting to set a high price tag for Teheran. After all, the team isn’t going to be in a rush to trade a player that’s under its control through the 2020 season.
Set to take part in his second All-Star Game, the Columbia native is in the midst of his best season. He entered the break posting a 2.96 ERA and 0.97 WHIP while striking out nearly a batter per inning in 18 starts.
Considering Teheran’s relatively young age and the cost-controlled nature of his contract, any potential deal by the Braves would have to bring back a massive haul. We rarely see someone of his ilk traded.
Though, the fledgling Braves have proven over and over again that they are willing to go away from conventional wisdom to form some sort of philosophy that runs contrary to the rest of the baseball world.
The trade deadline is less than three weeks away, meaning this entire situation will be coming to a culmination here soon.