On Monday afternoon, both the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals announced an unexpected four-player deal that sent pitchers Shelby Miller and Tyrell Jenkins to Atlanta and outfielder Jason Heyward and reliever Jordan Walden to St. Louis. Heyward was the only one mentioned in trade rumors leading up to the actual trade.
The #Braves have acquired RHP Shelby Miller and RHP Tyrell Jenkins from the Cardinals in exchange for OF Jason Heyward and RHP Jordan Walden
— Atlanta Braves (@Braves) November 17, 2014
“It was very difficult to trade Jason, but deal was made to help us short-term and long-term,” Braves president of baseball operations John Hart told CBSSports.com. “This deal also improves us in an area where we are woefully, woefully thin — our minor-league system.”
In 32 appearances last season with the Cardinals, Shelby Miller finished with a 10-9 record with a 3.74 ERA in a career high 183 innings. In his three-year career, Miller preserves a 26-18 record with a 3.33 ERA, along with a 7.6 K/9 and 3.3 BB/9. With this move, it has certainly opened up a spot for Carlos Martinez in the pitching rotation.
“As we look at Shelby, we see that he has a chance to become a front-of-line rotation type of guy,” Hart said.
Jason Heyward, who could become a free agent following the 2015 season, has played his five-year career with the Braves and was successful in most of them until his struggles began in the 2013 season. However in 2014, he hit a .271/.351/.384 line with 11 home runs and 58 RBI’s in 149 games. For his career, Heyward owns a .262 batting average with 84 homers and 292 RBI’s.
— Evan Petzold (@EvanPetzold) November 17, 2014