Oct 6, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran (49) pitches in the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers in game three of the National League divisional series playoff baseball game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Robert Hanashiro-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Braves extend Julio Teheran

The Atlanta Braves are continuing to lock up their core players.

One week after signing Freddie Freeman to an eight-year, $135 million contract, the Braves announced today that they are extending the contract of pitcher Julio Teheran. The contract is a six-year extension, which takes the righty through 2019, with an option for 2020. Should the option be exercised, Teheran would avoid the first two years of free agency.

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports and Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported the financial details. The contract is a guaranteed $32.4 million; the option has a $1 million buyout, but if it is exercised will be worth $12 million, bringing the total value of the contract to $43.4 million at the end of 2020.

The 23-year old Teheran has pitched in three seasons for the Braves, but 2013 was his first full season campaign. He compiled an excellent 14-8 record, 3.20 ERA, with an 8.2 K/9 and 3.78 K/BB ratio over 30 starts, totaling 185.2 innings pitched. He finished fifth in the Rookie of the Year voting.

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