Chicago Cubs’ ace Jake Arrieta suffered his first regular season loss in nearly a year on Sunday, June 5 against the Arizona Diamondbacks. It’s not the time to panic but the latest MLB rumors suggest that the Cubs are looking to add another starting pitcher and it could be Julio Teheran from the Atlanta Braves.
Arrieta, the 2015 NL Cy Young winner, has a 20-0 record in his last 24 starts before his loss to the Diamondbacks. He also had a 1.01 ERA in 169.1 innings and was looking unstoppable every time he was on the mound.
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The last time he lost was in the regular season was on July 25, 2015 when the Philadelphia Phillies defeated the Cubs. It should be noted that it was Cole Hamels’ last game as a Philly and he threw a no-hitter that game.
Nonetheless, the Cubs are now linked with Braves starter Julio Teheran, who has a 1-6 record with a 2.92 ERA and 69 strikeouts in 12 starts this season. His win-loss record is unimpressive but he plays for a Braves team that is currently the worst in baseball at 17-42.
According to Showtime Sports, Chicago is rumored to be interested in acquiring Teheran but nothing has been confirmed at the moment. The Cubs and Braves reportedly had discussions last winter about a possible trade but no deal was made, per Bleacher Report.
Atlanta is in no position to contend this season and they could easily trade the 25-year-old right-hander for a bunch of prospects. The Cubs’ minor league system is one of the best in baseball and they can make a deal with the Braves.
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However, Teheran is still under team control until 2020 and the Braves can easily turn around their team in two to three seasons. On the other hand, the Cubs are still loaded even if they don’t acquire Teheran but they will need to improve their relief pitching before the trade deadline.
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