By: ALLIE SMITH
(Gainesville, Ga.) – Jason Heyward, who signed on to the Braves at age 20, and Jordan Waldon were just traded on Monday November 17 to the Saint Louis Cardinals. In return for this trade, the Braves received pitcher Shelby Miller and a minor-leaguer.
Heyward came to the Braves at a young age and at his first at-bat, he nailed a homerun. He was then voted to the All-Star Game as a rookie. Coaches, teammates and fans saw great things to come from Heyward.
However, he did not quite live up to the expectation. He faced injuries and struggled to build up to what people expected from him.
“It’s very difficult to trade Jason Heyward. But the deal was made to help us not only in the short term but the long term,” John Hart, new General manager of the Braves, stated.
Walden struggled, going 0-2 and a 2.88 ERA, putting him near the bottom of the lineup.
Heyward shared that he was not surprised with the trade because there was never any further serious talk about extending his deal or making a new deal with the Braves.
“This is a business… I was definitely open to long term, but that conversation never took place,” Heyward expressed.
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