The Braves are one of the teams the Cubs have reportedly talked to about their available starting pitchers. It’s believed the Cubs and Braves discussed a trade for Julio Teheran prior to the deadline last July. The two teams were unable to work out a deal. At the time, reports suggested the Braves coveted Jorge Soler and would want him in return for Teheran.
According to a report from Jerry Crasnick, the Cubs and Red Sox “are teams that could matchup with Atlanta on a Shelby Miller deal.” The Braves “are smitten” with Jorge Soler according to Crasnick’s source. It’s not likely Julio Teheran would be enough for Soler. But Crasnick questioned if Miller could “spark interest” from the Cubs for Soler.
The Braves have placed a high price tag on Shelby Miller. According to a report Monday from Jon Heyman, the Braves asked the Yankees about RHP Luis Severino in their talks about Miller. And in discussions with the Marlins, the package would have to start with OF Marcell Ozuna.
Reports last week stated the Braves asked the Giants for either Matt Duffy or Joe Panik for Miller. And the Giants quickly said no.
David O’Brien thinks a Jorge Soler for Shelby Miller deal “seems doable.”
Shelby Miller is under club control for three more seasons. Miller turned 25 in October and is arbitration eligible for the first time in 2016. Miller was 6-17 in 33 starts with a 3.02 ERA and 1.24 WHIP. Miller allowed 82 runs, 69 earned, on 183 hits with 73 walks and 171 strikeouts in 205 1/3 innings this past season.
Jorge Soler is under club control through the 2020 season. Soler turns 24 in February and has shown only a glimpse of his potential. Soler performed like the player the Cubs expect him to be during the post-season.
If not for Kyle Schwarber, Soler would have grabbed the headlines in the playoffs. Soler was 9-for-19 with three doubles, three home runs and six walks in seven post-season games (.474/.600/1.105) for a 1.705 OPS.
Jorge Soler played in 102 games during the regular season and hit .262/.324/.399 with 18 doubles, a triple and 10 home runs for a .723 OPS.
The Cubs would prefer to keep all of the position player depth and not trade for a pitcher. Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer realize in order for the Cubs to play in October again in 2016 that pitching must be added to the roster. And the front office is exploring all ways to add quality and depth to the starting staff.