The remaking of the Atlanta Braves' roster continued on Tuesday as they traded All-Star starting pitcher Shelby Miller to the Arizona Diamondbacks. The return for Miller just happens to be an impressive one.
The initial report comes from FOX Sports and says the return is a package of players that includes both Ender Inciarte, a talented 25-year-old outfielder, and Dansby Swanson, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2015 draft. The Braves will not receive All-Star A.J. Pollock in the deal, despite some rumors he would be included.
Miller leaves the Braves after just one season in Atlanta. They acquired him the previous winter in the trade that sent Jason Heyward to St. Louis. Miller, 25, went 6-17 with a 3.02 ERA in 33 starts in 2015.
In Inciarte the Braves get a versatile outfielder who hit .303 with 21 steals and a .747 OPS in 132 games in 2015. In Swanson they also add speed and a blue chip shortstop prospect to eventually fill the void left by Andrelton Simmons, who was traded to L.A. this offseason. Swanson, who starred at Vanderbilt, also just happens to be from the state of Georgia.
Also included in the deal, according to multiple reports, is right-handed starter Aaron Blair. Blair, 23, went 13-5 with a 2.92 ERA in 26 minor league appearances (25 starts) last season split between Double- and Triple-A.
Miller was the Braves' best pitcher and he leaves big shoes to fill, but getting those three guys back in a trade for him is quite a feat for the Braves.
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Watching Max Scherzrer rack up Ks during a game is a usual sight for fans.
Dancing is not.
On Wednesday while the Sports Junkies were broadcasting at Nats Spring Training in West Palm Beach, we got a taste of what the back-to-back Cy Young Award winner has to offer on the dance floor.
With just about a week left until their season kicks off, manager Dave Martinez hired a DJ for the day's workout, saying he wanted to "turn it up a notch."
Well he turned it up a few too many notches, causing the back end of the complex where the Junkies were broadcasting to lose power.
While the Junkies were put in a pickle because of said DJ, we were able to get a glance of Scherzer dancing to Drakes' "God's Plan."
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It's nice to see the usually lazer-focused pitcher let loose.
While Scherzer's dance moves didn't actually cause the Junkies to lose power, it's nice to think they were too much for the ballpark to handle.
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It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.
It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.
They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.
Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training.
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Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.
Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.
Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.
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