Shelby Miller, the Cards’ ace pitching prospect, has previously been considered off-limits in any trade discussions. That could change soon, according to Joe Strauss of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Mozeliak must now deal off the top of his minor-league pitching depth to acquire an impact starter. Secondary names such as the San Diego Padres’ Edinson Volquez and Oakland A’s Bartolo Colon could offer value at a lesser price.
For the first time the organization might be willing to include elite prospect Shelby Miller in trade talks.
Miller’s stock has fallen, as he has put up an ugly 4-8 record with a 6.16 ERA at Triple-A Memphis this year. He’s striking out a lot of guys, but man, he is giving up hits, walks and home runs to beat the band. He’s been like the pitching version of a Three True Outcomes guy in his first tour through the PCL.
Ideally you’d like to give him a chance to figure it out, either for the future of the team or to get his trade value back up, but if a package including Miller can net the Cards a starter who can help them overtake the Pirates in 2012, it seems like they gotta do it.
Jake Arrieta‘s bat is in midseason form already. The Cubs’ ace swatted a solo home run to center field off of Zack Greinke in Thursday afternoon’s Grapefruit League exhibition game, his first homer of the spring.
The blast went 465 feet, according to MLB.com’s Daren Willman.
Arrieta has hit two home runs in each of the past two seasons. Madison Bumgarner (eight) and Noah Syndergaard (four) are the only other pitchers to match or exceed his output in that department.
Greinke, meanwhile, is hoping to bounce back after a miserable 2016 season. He finished with an uncharacteristic 4.37 ERA in 26 starts in his first year with the Diamondbacks.
Angels first baseman Luis Valbuena will miss the next four to six weeks with a strained right hamstring, Pedro Moura of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Valbuena, 31, signed a two-year, $15 million contract with the Angels in January and was on track to get the lion’s share of the playing time at first base. While he’s out, however, C.J. Cron will handle first base on a regular basis. When Valbeuna returns, the two will likely form a platoon.
Last year with the Astros, Valbuena hit a solid .260/.357/.459 with 13 home runs and 40 RBI in 342 plate appearances.