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Angels sign Julio Teherán to a one-year deal

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The Angels crapped out on Gerrit Cole, but they bolstered their pitching staff somewhat today by signing free agent pitcher Julio Teherán to a one-year deal. He’ll make $9 million. He became a free agent when the Braves declined his $12 million 2020 option.

Teherán, once the ace of the Braves, has spent his entire nine-year career with Atlanta, posting a career record of 77-73 with a 3.67 ERA (110 ERA+) in 226 starts and three relief appearances. Last year he tossed 175 innings with a 119 ERA+. Still, the Braves — who see him every day — left him off their postseason roster and only put him back on it again when another pitcher was injured. A lot of that to with him getting results which often outperform some shaky peripherals. Numerically that’s captured by the fact that he has a 4.75 FIP despite a 3.88 ERA the last two years. In practical terms, it means he walks a dang tightrope a lot of the time and has a habit of getting blown up early.

Which, again, is not something the Braves want to deal with, but it is something that represents a marked improvement for an Angels pitching staff that was among the worst in the game last year.

Doubleheader between Cardinals and Tigers postponed

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A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.

MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.

The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.

St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.

There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.

Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.

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