The Cardinals transformed their roster this morning, trading away former top prospect and two-year starter Shelby Miller along with prospect Tyrell Jenkins for Jason Heyward and bullpen arm Jordan Walden. Aaron Finkel wrote the initial analysis for the site. Aaron summed it up thusly:
The downside here is that Heyward walks and Jenkins or Miller become a star. The upside is that the Cardinals likely just made a marked improvement to their 2015 squad by dealing from depth while getting a chance to lock up a possible superstar for a long time. There are no certainties in baseball, but it looks like this was a trade well worth making for both squads, and there are a lot of reasons for Cardinals fans to be enthusiastic about it.
To help catch everyone up this evening (and start a new thread as the initial one was getting cumbersome), please find below analysis from all over the worldwide web.
A look from St.Louis writers and national Cardinals sympathizers
- Derrick Goold's story for the Post-Dispatch
- Dayn Perry believes Heyward is a perfect fit for the Cardinals
- Will Leitch concurs, calling Heyward a steal
- Bernie Miklasz classifies the trade as risky business
- Grant Brisbee examines the expectations for Heyward as he comes to the Cardinals
- Eno Sarris takes a look at Heyward's lost power and fantasy value in St. Louis
- Dave Cameron calls the trade fascinating
- Jeff Passan calls it a classic baseball trade
- Ken Rosenthal discusses the Cardinals reloading and the Braves rebuilding
- Post-trade spin from Heyward and the Braves regarding a contact extension