Mark Bradley

Mark Bradley is a sports columnist and blogger for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The Braves trade Heyward: I understand it, but I still hate it


The man has a glove. And an arm. (Curtis Compton/AJC photo)

I understand this trade, and I'd note that, as recently as spring 2013, Shelby Miller was being lumped with Matt Harvey and Jose Fernandez and Matt Moore in the next wave of Great Young Arms. It will be fascinating to see what Roger McDowell can make of Miller, who hasn't done all that much since. That said ...

I hate this trade. I understand it, but I hate it. I hate trading a talent of such magnitude as Jason Heyward at any age, let alone a talent of 25 years, three months and eight days. He's the best right fielder -- and maybe the best fielder at any position -- in the sport. He's a terrific baserunner. He's not yet the hitter we all expected him to be, but I repeat: He's 25 years, three months and eight days old.

I understand that the Braves might well have lost Heyward to free agency 12 months hence. Were I the Braves, that's a risk I'd have run. Better to take a chance at keeping him than to ship him to St. Louis, where you just know -- well, don't you? -- he's going to turn into Stan Musial.

Much more later. John Hart is holding a conference call at the top of the hour, and we'll see what he has to say.

Here's the "more," via myajc: Trading Heyward brings a glimpse of cold Braves' reality.

 


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Mark Bradley is a sports columnist and blogger for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He has been with the AJC since 1984.