Braves sign Julio Teheran to long-term extension

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Julio Teheran and the Braves have agreed to a six-year contract extension with a team option for 2020.

Atlanta is locking up Teheran after just one full season, but it was a very impressive one as he threw 186 innings with a 3.20 ERA and 170/45 K/BB ratio as a 22-year-old. Teheran also has the track record to match, ranking among Baseball America‘s top-50 prospects in four straight seasons, including top-five rankings in 2011 and 2012.

He’s the real deal and now the Braves have him under team control through age 29, buying out all of Teheran’s arbitration-eligible seasons and as many as two of his free agency years.

UPDATE: Teheran is guaranteed $32.4 million in the deal.

2017 Preview: The National League Central

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For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2017 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the National League Central

It’s the Cubs’ world and we’re all just living in it. But repeats are rare in baseball nowadays, so maybe it’s better to be on “field” than on the Cubs?

That said, who in the division has a real shot at unseating them? No one I can see, even if the Cardinals and Pirates should be competitive.

The Brewers played .500 ball this spring. Which means absolutely nothing, but I thought I’d mention it. As for the Reds, well . . . Cincinnati has some underrated restaurants and you can go across the river to Kentucky and find a super great bourbon selection at a number of stores. Make a day of it.

Our previews of the NL Central teams:

Chicago Cubs
St. Louis Cardinals
Pittsburgh Pirates
Milwaukee Brewers
Cincinnati Reds

2017 Preview: The American League Central

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For the past few weeks we’ve been previewing the 2017 season. Here, in handy one-stop-shopping form, is our package of previews from the American League Central

Do the Indians have a weakness? Do the Tigers and Royals have one more playoff push in them or do they have to start contemplating rebuilds? The White Sox and Twins are rebuilding, but do either of them have a chance to be remotely competitive?

As we sit here in March, the answers are “not really,” “possibly,” and “not a chance.” There are no games that count this March, however, so they’re just guesses. But educated ones! Here are the links to our guesses and our education for all of the clubs of the AL Central:

Cleveland Indians
Detroit Tigers
Kansas City Royals
Chicago White Sox
Minnesota Twins