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How does Julio Teheran compare to Chris Archer?

Let's see how Julio Teheran compares to Chris Archer.

Rumors are circulating the Rays may trade Chris Archer, a talented right-handed pitcher. The price for Archer is supposedly high, which is not a surprise considering the tough starting pitching market.

But let’s compare Chris Archer and Julio Teheran, Atlanta’s pitcher who has been linked in trade rumors for the past few months.

Chris Archer – 27 – (36-45) 3.56 career ERA – 115 games – 113 games started – 599 hits allowed in 682 innings – 238 walks and 698 strikeouts – Under contract (with options) 2017-2021 for $39 million

Julio Teheran – 25 – (43-38) 3.36 career ERA – 121 games – 118 games started – 666 hits allowed in 752 innings – 203 walks and 649 strikeouts – Under contract (with options) 2017-2020 for $37.3 million

If Archer’s price is high, shouldn’t Teheran’s price be sky high, as well?

Yes. That’s why the Braves are trying to let teams know to back up the truck if you even want to talk about Teheran. Will a team panic and pay the high price? We have two weeks to find out.

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