Hart addressed the Teheran trade speculation Wednesday during a radio interview with 680 The Fan in Atlanta. One day after Atlanta sent Shelby Miller to the Arizona Diamondbacks in a blockbuster deal, Hart said that the Braves are "not trading any more of our starters."
Hart was asked specifically about the 24-year-old Teheran, who has gone 39-29 over the last three seasons and is entering the third year of a six-year, $32.4 million deal.
"We love Julio," Hart told the radio station. "Julio is going to be the anchor of our [rotation]."
The Braves traded the 25-year-old Miller, a first-time All-Star last season, to the Diamondbacks on Tuesday for outfielder Ender Inciarte, pitching prospect Aaron Blair and shortstop prospect Dansby Swanson, the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft.