While Teheran comes with flaws, including a susceptibility to the long ball, he provides exactly what the Angels need: a starter who can provide some form of reliability. The Angels have been decimated by injuries in recent seasons.
The Braves decided to move on from Teheran as their rotation grew more crowded. They signed lefty Cole Hamels to fill one veteran spot in a group that includes Mike Soroka, Max Fried and Mike Foltynewicz. The fifth spot will go to once-displaced starter Sean Newcomb, a youngster or another outside addition.
Teheran, a two-time All-Star, posted his best season in 2014, when he owned a 2.89 ERA with 186 strikeouts against 51 walks in 33 starts. Teheran contributed to four playoff teams, including making 64 starts over the past two seasons, both of which culminated in division titles.
But in the past two Octobers, the team didn't see Teheran as an asset. He made one appearance in the 2018 NLDS, pitching mop-up duty in the Braves' season-ending Game 4 loss. He initially wasn't on the 2019 NLDS roster but was added after an injury to Chris Martin. He appeared in two games against the Cardinals, taking the loss in Game 4.
In Anaheim, Teheran is reunited with former Braves teammates Andrelton Simmons, Justin Upton and Tommy La Stella. The Angels also are reportedly considering signing lefty Dallas Keuchel, who spent last season with the Braves.
The Braves, meanwhile, will move forward with their next-era rotation, which won't feature a heavy dose of Teheran for the first time since 2012.