Braves trade Jason Heyward to Cardinals

By Danny Abriano

The Braves have traded right fielder Jason Heyward to the Cardinals – along with Jordan Walden – for Shelby Miller and High-A RHP Tyrell Jenkins.

The Cardinals announced the trade on Twitter.

Heyward, 25, hit .271/.351/.384 with 11 home runs and 58 RBI for the Braves last season while playing stellar defense in right field.

Miller, 24, posted a 3.74 ERA and 1.27 WHIP last season for St. Louis, striking out 6.25 per 9.


This trade came about due to two very different reasons.

The Braves were unable to agree to an extension with Heyward, who is eligible for free agency after 2015.

The Cardinals needed to fill a hole in right field after the tragic death of Oscar Taveras.

As it pertains to the Mets, even if they had offered the Braves a similar package to the one the Cardinals offered, Atlanta likely would’ve refused because of their reluctance to deal Heyward in the division.

In addition to today’s trade, Bob Nightengale of USA Today is suggesting the Braves may also trade Justin Upton, meaning that the Braves are entering a partial rebuild mode – further opening up the National League East.