The Arizona Diamondbacks have clearly gone all in to be contenders for the upcoming season and long-term future. After signing Zack Greinke to a massive contract, they brought in Braves ace Shelby Miller to be their number-two starter. In return, Arizona gave up Ender Inciarte, and top prospects Dansby Swanson and Aaron Blair.
Receives: Ender Inciarte, Dansby Swanson, Aaron Blair
Loses: Shelby Miller, Gabe Speier
Atlanta has gone into full-blown rebuild. After dealing Andrelton Simmons, and Cameron Maybin, they’ve dealt their best pitcher and could be dealing Julio Teheran next. Gabe Speier is a 20-year-old reliever who pitched mainly in Single-A last year. For the Braves, they receive a young, 25-year-old outfielder in Ender Inciarte who will slot in immediately for the Braves in left field. Dansby Swanson was the first overall pick in last year’s draft, and may very well slot in as the starter next year. Aaron Blair is a 23-year-old RHP who will likely make the jump into the bigs next year. He posted a 13-5 record and a 2.92 ERA last season between Double- and Triple-A. Atlanta gets exactly what they need in rebuilding, and gets a great return for their ace.
Receives: Shelby Miller, Gabe Speier
Loses: Ender Inciarte, Dansby Swanson, Aaron Blair
Arizona is all in this year, but this may be too big of a price to pay. Ender Inciarte is a terrific player, but he is also replaceable because of the Diamondbacks outfield depth. As good as Aaron Blair is, he would have a tough time fitting into the Diamondbacks rotation because of how strong it is now. Dansby Swanson is another story. He’s considered one of the best young players in baseball and his potential is sky high.
Arizona’s current shortstop Nick Ahmed is a plus defender, but is never going to reach the potential of Dansby Swanson. If Nick Ahmed can’t get his bat going, this could hurt Arizona in the long run. On the other hand, Shelby Miller is going to be a big piece for Arizona. He and Zack Greinke take a rotation from mediocre to great. The cost is high, but this just may be what the doctor ordered to help Arizona compete with the Dodgers and Giants. Only a year removed from signing a massive $1.5 billion TV deal, the Arizona Diamondbacks are clearly, and firmly announcing their intentions of putting all that cash to work in a big way.