It was applauded at the time and now it's been named the best of the entire MLB offseason.
FanGraphs.com says the Braves' multi-player trade that sent starter Shelby Miller to the Diamondbacks for Ender Inciarte, Dansby Swanson and Aaron Blair was the best move any team made this winter. That's according to Dave Cameron's annual rankings and Cameron pulls out an interesting comparison for what the trade could ultimately become for the Braves:
"We don’t see too many trades like this anymore. This is the kind of move that has a chance to be the modern-day version of Bartolo Colon for Grady Sizemore, Cliff Lee, and Brandon Phillips."
That is a reference to perhaps the most famous trade in Expos, and therefore Nationals franchise history. They sent three prospects who would end up being All-Stars to the Indians for Colon.
For this trade to rival that one, Swanson will have to fulfill his potential as the first overall pick in the 2015 MLB draft. Inciarte is already a proven commodity, having hit .303 last season. He turned 25 last fall and looks like a future All-Star. Blair has solid minor league numbers and could turn into a mid-rotation starter within the next few years.
But the big wild card of this trade is Swanson. Will the Diamondbacks regret giving up so quickly on the top player in the draft?
No Nationals moves made Cameron's list, by the way. Granted, their biggest offseason move was probably in the dugout with the hiring of Dusty Baker as manager.