Because the Russell Martin news wasn’t breaking the Internet quite enough today, the Cardinals just pulled of a huge deal:
St. Louis Cardinals trade RHP Shelby Miller & RHP Tyrell Jenkins to the Braves for OF Jason Heyward & RHP Jordan Walden.
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) November 17, 2014
Reaction and breakdown soon, but obviously the impact to the 2015 Cardinals is very, very significant. They gave up some long-term value for a nice bullpen piece and one year of a great right fielder (whom they can try and extend, or get a draft pick for after the season).
With Arodys Vizcaino in the fold, courtesy of the Cubs, I’m guessing the Braves felt more emboldened to move Walden, and that may have been the tipping point in this deal (although I’m sure the two sides had discussed it before, probably at length).