Outfielder Jason Heyward has been traded by the Atlanta Braves to the St. Louis Cardinals as part of a deal that has Shelby Miller going to the Braves, per reports.
Heyward, who is a free agent at the end of 2015, and reliever Jordan Walden -- who was acquired by the Braves for Tommy Hanson prior to 2013 -- have been sent to the Cardinals for pitcher Shelby Miller and pitcher Tyrell Jenkins, a first round pick of St. Louis in 2010.
Pretty bold move by the Cards...Miller burst on the scene in 2012 with a splash, and had been seen as a cornerstone of the franchise in 2013. But Miller largely didn't pitch in the 2013 postseason, had an up-and-down 2014 campaign, and made just a pair of starts in the 2014 postseason.
Heyward, meanwhile, has been a stellar defensive rightfielder, but has never hit as much as has been expected...he's been a saber-darling because of his exceptional defensive stats, but carries the baggage of never seeming to have reached his potential with the bat.
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