Royals Rumors: Team scouted Julio Teheran during last start

Julio Teheran #49 of the Atlanta Braves (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Julio Teheran #49 of the Atlanta Braves (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

Don’t expect the Royals rumors to slow down anytime soon, as the Kansas City Royals will have a tough choice to make whether to buy or sell at the deadline. Could Julio Teheran be a trade target for the boys in blue?

During Monday night’s ugly loss to the Detroit Tigers, it appears that the KC Royals had a scout checking things out during the Braves/Cubs game in Atlanta. The scout was watching Braves starting pitcher Julio Teheran in action to see if he’d be worth trading for.

The news first surfaced during the game, but later picked up steam on MLB Trade Rumors on Tuesday. While the Royals being linked to starting pitching isn’t really news, going after Julio Teheran is a new bit in the Royals rumors category.

Teheran isn’t having a great year for the Braves, currently sporting a 7-7 record, 4.69 ERA, and 1.390 WHIP in 19 starts. He had a nice 2016 campaign with a 3.21 ERA in 30 starts and has always proved to be a solid innings eater in Atlanta.

Per MLB Trade Rumors,

"It should be noted, of course, that there were likely a number of clubs on hand and that the Royals are certain to be scouting a number of potential rotation additions. Teheran turned in six innings of two-run ball without allowing a homer, though he also issued four walks and uncorked a wild pitch."

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While the Braves would go on to lose that game to Chicago, it wasn’t due to Teheran’s pitching. He’s definitely a guy that would benefit this Royals rotation, but there are a lot of questions out there right now as to whether the Kansas City Royals will even end up buying at the deadline or not.

Teheran, who’s only 25 years old, isn’t a free agent until 2020, which makes this another trade unlikely to happen for the KC Royals. Look at how much was given up for Jose Quintana and how much is likely going to be shelled out for Sonny Gray‘s services. The Royals don’t have those type of prospects or the cash to just throw at other teams’ feet.

I’m in the camp more of the Kansas City Royals likely just standing pat at the deadline. They need pitching, yes, but Julio Teheran is going to be too rich for their blood. He’ll go to some other team willing to overspend and the Royals will be left with very few options on the trade market.

Kansas City has also been linked to Teheran’s teammate Jaime Garcia. Garcia would be a rental pitcher, but he’d be a hell of a lot more affordable than his counterpart. That’s ultimately the kind of deal I see the Royals working at rather than a big time trade like for Julio Teheran.

There will be a lot more Royals rumors to come, and while most of them won’t come to fruition, let’s enjoy them while the team is still in contention.