Less than a week Andrelton Simmons was traded to the Angels, it appears as though other teams are checking in on the availability of other stars on the Atlanta Braves roster. According to a report from Ken Rosenthal, the Arizona Diamondbacks have discussed what it would take to acquire Shelby Miller via trade.
#Braves, #DBacks discussed trade for ATL’s Shelby Miller, sources tell me and @jonmorosi. Talks did not progress.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 17, 2015
Miller, who is only going into his first year of arbitration, is under team control until 2019. This led Rosenthal to speculate that the asking price would be high for the All-Star pitcher.
#Braves wanted piece from #DBacks’ major-league core, sources say - perhaps Pollock, who, like Miller, is under club control three more yrs.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) November 17, 2015
While that price may seem steep, it's worth remembering that Miller was traded just one year ago in a deal involving Jason Heyward. Miller was worth a potential-franchise right fielder the first time and Braves GM John Coppolella may be expecting the same to be true again. After all, Miller is coming off a breakout season of his own, posting a career best in FIP.
The Diamondbacks made headlines of their own this week when they traded Jeremy Hellickson to the Philadelphia Phillies for Sam McWilliams. Hellickson, whose peripherals have improved lately, has struggled to find storied success at the major league level. McWilliams is a 20-year-old pitching prospect who is currently at Rookie-ball and a long way from the majors. Despite Hellickson's struggles, the Diamondbacks are probably looking to replace the 27 starts he made in their rotation.
The Braves, despite appearing to be in a rebuild, will still be looking for the right price when and if they decide to move stars like Miller of Freddie Freeman.