Atlanta Braves sign pitcher Julio Teheran to long-term deal

Atlanta Braves sign pitcher Julio Teheran to long-term deal

February 14th, 2014 by Jay Greeson in Local - Breaking News

Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran delivers to the St. Louis Cardinals during the first inning of a baseball game at Turner Field, Saturday, July 27, 2013, in Atlanta.

Photo by Associated Press/Times Free Press.

The Atlanta Braves have agreed to a six-year contract with 22-year-old right-handed pitcher Julio Teheran. The finacial terms of the deal were not immediately available.

"We are excited to sign Julio to a long-term contract," Braves executive vice president and general manager Frank Wren was quoted as saying in release from the team said. "He is one of the best young pitchers in the National League and one of our core of players we expect to be together for a number of years."

Teheran was 14-8 with a 3.20 ERA last year and finished fourth in the National League rookie of the year voting.

Teheran is the latest young Atlanta player to agree to a contract extension this offseason, joining first baseman Freddie Freeman, who signed an eight-year contract extension, and outfielder Jason Heyward.

For more on this story, read Saturday's Times Free Press sports section.