There are quite a few teams interested in Braves pitcher Shelby Miller and Atlanta's asking price on him is quite high, CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports:
Shelby miller market hot; asking prices include severino, ozuna plus. https://t.co/SUQzAXAnvA— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) November 30, 2015
Miller had a breakout season in 2015, posting a 3.02 ERA and 1.25 WHIP in 205⅓ innings, striking out 171 and making his first All-Star Game appearance. It was also his first season with the Braves after coming over from St. Louis along with prospect Tyrell Jenkins in the Jason Heyward trade.
The Braves' asking price for Miller is said to be high, as Heyman reports they asked for top prospect Luis Severino from the Yankees in a deal for Miller and asked the Marlins for outfielder Marcell Ozuna plus more in a package for the right-hander.
Despite the high asking price, Heyman reports that more than half the league has expressed interest in Miller. Among them are said to be the Giants and Diamondbacks, the latter of whom saw their six-year, $120 million offer to free agent pitcher Johnny Cueto rejected over the weekend. San Francisco has also been heavily rumored to be after pitching this offseason.
One major bargaining chip the Braves have is the fact that Miller is under contract for three more seasons so , despite their current rebuilding mode, they are not under any major pressure to move him. However, the Braves are engaging teams with talks for Miller, among others, as first baseman Freddie Freeman is said to be the only Braves star off limits in trade talks at this point.
Given his value on the mound and relatively cheap price in terms of money, expect Miller to be among the hottest trade commodities at next week's Winter Meetings.