Report: Braves still listening on Shelby Miller

According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Atlanta Braves continue to “field lots of calls” on Shelby Miller. Sherman says that the Cubs, Diamondbacks, Dodgers and Red Sox are the four teams primarily “staying in touch” with Atlanta.

Miller, a 25-year-old starting pitcher for the Braves, is coming off an All-Star season following an offseason trade from St. Louis. His name has been the subject of multiple trade rumors throughout the offseason following the Braves’ minor league pitching additions: Sean Newcomb, Chris Ellisand Ian Krol. Miller made headlines in 2015 for his league-leading 17 losses, but his first ASG appearance suggests it was his best season yet. He led the league with 33 starts, tossed 205 1/3 innings and struck out 171 batters — all career-highs for the 25-year’old. His 3.02 ERA also topped his career list after spending his first two seasons with the Cardinals, including a third-place finish in the 2013 NL Rooke of the Year voting. The Braves and Cubs have been rumored to be exploring a Miller trade centered around one of Jorge Soler or Javier Baez:

Atlanta and Arizona have discussed starting pitching with Shelby Miller and Julio Teheran being the topics, but the Diamondbacks seem unwilling to part with OF AJ Pollock, a target of the Braves.

The Dodgers’ name continue to come up in SP conversations, so their interest in Miller comes as no surprise. However, no specific names have been reported as possible returns. Potential players could depend on the result stemming from a reported Aroldis Chapman trade:

However, C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the deal is not yet finished.

Rosecrans follows up with a quote from Reds’ manager Bryan Price about the situation and then states that a scheduled 5 p.m. meeting time with Reds’ owner Walt Jocketty has now been suspended.

Regardless, the Dodgers have a handful of prospects that teams will continue to show interest in, including Cody Bellinger, Jose DeLeon and Grant Holmes. Corey Seager and Julio Urias, two uber-prospects, are presumed to be off-limits.

The Red Sox are known to be in the market for pitching this offseason. Boston has already acquired premiere closer Craig Kimbrel from San Diego and signed David Price to a 7-year, $217-million deal, but traded SP Wade Miley to the Mariners for SP Roenis Elias and RP Carson Smith. Boston does still have some intriguing prospects such as Rafael Devers, Anderson Espinoza, Brian Johnson, Michael Chavis, Michael Kopech among others. However, it is unknown who the Red Sox may be willing to deal at this time.

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