Report: Cubs Working on a Deal for Shelby Miller

According to Chicago Cubs beat writer Gordon Wittenmyer, talks have heated up surrounding a deal to bring starting pitcher Shelby Miller to the Windy City. It’s unclear what stage the talks are in, but a deal could potentially include Javier Baez or Jorge Soler.

The Miller situation is still quite wide open, but it is becoming increasingly clear that the Atlanta Braves are aggressively shopping their 25-year-old starter. Miller was acquired by Atlanta just last offseason as the centerpiece of the trade that sent Jason Heyward to the St. Louis Cardinals. In his first year with the Braves, Miller endured an arduous losing streak, ultimately losing 17 games on the year despite a 3.02 ERA.

After missing out on the top-tier free-agent starters, the Cubs have addressed one hole in their rotation by signing John Lackey to a two-year deal. The final two spots in the rotation are still up for grabs, but it remains clear that Chicago is unlikely to enter 2016 with both Jason Hammel and Kyle Hendricks in the rotation. Reports also emerged from Wittenmyer yesterday that the Cubs have set their sights on free-agent outfielder Jason Heyward, which would make Soler expendable.

It is Jorge Soler, not Javier Baez, at this point who should be considered most likely to be traded, but Baez is blocked and the Cubs will likely sign a free-agent outfielder. Both young players can be traded without the team missing a beat.

While the Cubs have been linked to Miller at this time, so too, have many other teams. The Arizona Diamondbacks have also been in talks with the Braves and also have plenty of young talent to move. It is still early in the week for the Winter Meetings, but look for Shelby Miller to be on the move before the annual Hot Stove gathering draws to a close.

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  1. Matt Talbert

    Shelby worth more than Baez. Though if Soler is included we could send a b level prospect to even it out

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