Arizona Diamondbacks get SP Shelby Miller
Day 2 of the winter meetings, The Arizona Diamondbacks were busy as they were able to swing a trade for SP Shelby Miller who is just 25-years-old from the Atlanta Braves fora package surrounding SS Swanson and were able to hold onto OF A.J Pollock.
The Arizona Diamondback have acquired SP Shelby Miller to from the Atlanta Braves to bolster their rotation as he joins newly signed ace, Zach Greinke, young arm Rubby De La Rosa and Patrick Corbin to form a solid No. 1-4 pitching rotation. Miller went 6-17 starting a career high 33 starts, and accumulating a 3.02 ERA, striking out 171 batters in 205.1 innings. Miller also pitched a 3.83 ERA during his 24- game winless streak where he pitched well, but his offensive wasn’t able to pick him up. Miller will be a solid No. 2 to Greinke as their pitching staff as drastically improved over the offseason. Miller should see better numbers across the board in 2016, as he finds himself with a better offense to pick him up him throughout the season.
The Diamondbacks are sending a package that consists of this years No. 1 overall pick SS Dansby Swanson, as well as OF Ender Inciarte 25, a solid young outfielder who batted .303 hit 6 home runs and batted in 43 runs. And SP Aaron Blair 23, who pitched well across the upper levels of the Dbacks minor league system in 2015, going 13-5, with a 2.92 ERA, striking out 120 batters and a 1.17 WHIP over 160 innings. The Braves were essentially able to flip a year of Jayson Heyward for a package of the first overall pick, and 2 young players who can step in and play a role now, as well as being a piece of the future.
Arizona looks like arguably one of the top two teams to be winning the offseason, as they were able to address their need of starting pitching to go along with their dynamic offense that ranked 3rd in the NL BA with .264 and 7th in the NL HR with 154. The offense starts with star first baseman Paul Goldschmidt that batted to a tune of .321, 33 HR and 110 RBI. Look for Arizona to be atop their division this year, and favorites to come out of the National League.
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