ANAHEIM, California, USA (AP) – During the recess prior to the next campaign, Billy Eppler had insisted that the Angels' priority was to provide greater stability to the pitching body. The general manager believes that this goal was achieved with the hiring of Julio Tehran.
The Angels announced on Saturday the hiring of the Colombian, twice elected to the All-Star Game, for one year and nine million dollars. Tehran had spent the previous seven campaigns with the Atlanta Braves.
"It was important to bring some stability and certainty to our rotation," said Eppler. "He has the ability to control all his pitches, and he achieves some hoaxes with that arsenal."RELATED
The Angels had only 22 quality starts during the previous season. According to the sports data firm Sportradar, this represented only the second time that a major league staff has been at less than 30 (Colorado registered 27 in 2012). In addition, the Los Angeles openers compiled an effectiveness of 5.64, the second worst of the majors.
Eppler revealed that he had had fruitless conversations with Atlanta, in search of a trade involving Tehran. The 28-year-old law declared itself a free agent, after the Braves rejected the option to extend the agreement by 12 million dollars.
The right of Cartagena had a 10-11 record and an effectiveness of 3.81 the previous season, and remained out of the rotation for the divisional series against San Luis. He was incorporated as a replacement after Chris Martin's injury.
In 229 games, he accumulates a record of 77-73, with an average of clean runs allowed of 3.67. Except for three of those performances, all have been openings.
Tehran is the second pitcher that has joined the Angels for next season. The club acquired Dylan Bundy, of the Baltimore Orioles, earlier this month.
The two will join a rotation that would also include Shohei Ohhtani, Andrew Heaney and Griffin Canning.
The situation of Ohtani for the opening match is in doubt. The star, who also wears the bat, underwent Tommy John surgery after the 2018 season. He has completed his recovery program and has launched more and more.
However, it will continue to be rehabilitated before declaring itself ready for the preseason.