In a surprise move, the Atlanta Braves traded outfielder Jason Heyward and pitcher Jordan Walden to the St. Louis Cardinals for pitchers Shelby Miller and Tyrell Jenkins.
The 25-year-old Heyward was a first-round pick in 2007 and has won two Gold Glove awards. In 2014, he hit .271 with 11 home runs and 58 RBI with 20 steals.
One of the more highly touted players in recent memory, Heyward has had a tough time living up to the lofty expectations. In five seasons, Heyward has a .262 batting average with 84 home runs in 681 games. He made the All-Star team in his rookie season. He will become a free agent next offseason.
Right field became an area of need for the Cardinals after the death of Oscar Taveras in October.