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Heyward heads to St. Louis

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ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have traded outfielder Jason Heyward and reliever Jordan Walden to the St. Louis Cardinals for pitcher Shelby Miller and a minor-leaguer. The deal ends Heyward’s tenure with his hometown team and lands a young pitcher to bolster Atlanta’s rotation. Heyward was due to make $7.8 million next season and then become eligible for free agency.

The 25-year-old Heyward never lived up to expectations after a brilliant rookie season, when he homered in his first at-bat and was voted to the All-Star Game. This past season, he hit .271 with 11 homers, 58 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. He also won his second Golden Glove.

Miller went 10-9 with a 3.74 ERA for the Cardinals, after going 15-9 with a 3.06 ERA as a rookie in 2013.

*Photo courtesy of Scott Cunningham/Getty Images

 

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