Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to acquire SP Shelby Miller from the Braves, pending review of medical records.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 9, 2015
Hearing from multiple sources Ender Inciarte, Aaron Blair and Dansby Swanson are involved in the Shelby Miller deal.
— Nick Piecoro (@nickpiecoro) December 9, 2015
The Diamondbacks will also receive LHP Gabe Speier –who the Braves had recently acquired from Detroit — in addition to Miller, reports Steve Gilbert of MLB.com
#Dbacks also receiving LHP Gabe Speier in the Miller deal.
— Steve Gilbert (@SteveGilbertMLB) December 9, 2015
Shelby Miller has been a primary trade target for a handful teams and it was reported yesterday that the Braves were still actively listening. Talks continued to swirl into today and the Cubs were also rumored to be in the conversation.
The 25-year-old pitcher made headlines last year for a league-leading 17 losses despite a 3.02 ERA and an All-Star selection.
The Diamondbacks have already finalized a Zack Greinke signing of six years at $206 million, yesterday. Miller is expected to slot into the No. 2 spot in the rotation. Arizona is also rumored to be close to signing SP Mike Leake although it is not known if those talks have since subsided. Indeed those talks have ended.
#Dbacks are out on Mike Leake after Shelby Miller trade. It was reported today that the two sides were working on a deal.
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) December 9, 2015
The Braves return three quality players, two of which should see time in Atlanta this season. First, 25-year-old Ender Inciarte should immediately slot into CF, replacing an aging Michael Bourn. Inciarte improved on a 2014 rookie campaign that placed him fifth in the Rookie-of-the-Year voting, by hitting .303 with 21 SB across 132 games. He played all three OF positions, although CF is expected to be his home with the Braves with Nick Markakis locked into RF and last season’s trade acquisition Hector Olivera expected to play LF.
Aaron Blair, a 23-year-old right-handed SP, split between AA and AAA last season compiling a a 2.92 ERA across 25 starts. Blair struck out 120 batters in 160 1/3 innings and sported a 1.166 WHIP. Blair is a former first round pick (No. 36) of the Diamondbacks in 2013 draft out of Marshall University.
Dansby Swanson, the No. 1 overall pick in last year’s draft, is a Kennesaw, GA native and an obvious choice as the eventual heir-apparent to recently-traded Andrelton Simmons. Swanson, 21, slashed .289/.394/.482 with a 14/14 BB/K ratio across 22 low-A games in his first taste of pro ball. Swanson hit .335 with 15 HR and stole 16 of 18 bases in his junior — and final — season at Vanderbilt University before being drafted.
*This post has been updated with Nick Piecoro’s report of the 3-player return to Atlanta