Report: Diamondbacks continue to push for Shelby Miller trade with Braves

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As the Diamondbacks look to build around their newly-signed ace Zack Greinke, ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that the club has “pushed on” in trade talks with the Braves for right-hander Shelby Miller.

Olney writes that the Braves are “seemingly focused” on outfielders in trade talks, especially A.J. Pollock. He brings up the possibility that Pollock could be included in an expanded deal, but it would be odd to see the Diamondbacks trade him just after landing Greinke. And if they were willing to deal Pollock, they could likely land a superior pitcher.

For what it’s worth, Diamondbacks president and CEO Derrick Hall said earlier this week that Pollock is “almost untouchable,” but that they are asked about him all the time. Moving someone like David Peralta or Ender Inciarte would seem to make more sense as part of a package for Miller.

While it was overshadowed by a long winless streak, the 25-year-old Miller is coming off a solid first season in Atlanta where posted a 3.02 ERA and 171/73 K/BB ratio over 205 1/3 innings. He’s arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter and will be under team control through 2018.