Teheran, 32, had signed a minor league deal with the Padres over the winter but he opted out of that deal earlier this week and returned to free agency. It was reported at that time that the Friars hoped to re-sign him, which has now come to fruition.
So far this year, Teheran has made five starts for the Chihuahuas but with a bloated 6.84 ERA. He has a 24.8% strikeout rate and 7.7% walk rate but has surrendered six home runs over 25 innings in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League.
In spite of those results, the Padres clearly value him as a veteran depth option and have brought him back into the organization. The club isn’t exactly desperate for rotation depth at the moment, as they have Joe Musgrove, Yu Darvish, Blake Snell, Michael Wacha and Seth Lugo as their regulars at the moment. They have enough options that Nick Martinez has been pushed to the bullpen and Ryan Weathers has been optioned to Triple-A. But as the saying goes, you can never have too much pitching, and the Padres will retain an arm with plenty of experience.
Teheran has racked up 1396 1/3 major league innings over his career with an ERA of 3.80. He was once a mainstay of the rotation in Atlanta but has become a journeyman in recent years, bouncing to the Angels and Tigers recently before pitching in the Atlantic League and Mexican League last year.