The Diamondbacks would be wise to hold on to Shelby Miller through the trade deadline
The Major League Baseball trade deadline is fast approaching, and we expect the only untouchable on the Arizona Diamondbacks is Paul Goldschmidt. You might be able to add Jake Lamb to that list, as well.
Everyone else is fair game for a team that has been decimated with injuries and has been a major disappointment.
But there is one player I would really like to see the D-backs hold onto, and that is Shelby Miller.
Now I know it makes no sense to some, that if you could get something for Miller who was recently sent down to the minors after posting a 2-9 record with a 7.14 ERA, you do it and cut your losses. But the reality is that any trade for Miller will bring pennies on the dollar.
There is no team out there that will give Arizona quality prospects or players to take Miller. I’m sure there are plenty of teams that would trade for him, as he’s only 25 years old and had three good years in the bigs before being traded from Atlanta to Arizona in a blockbuster trade that saw the D-backs give up their top overall prospect and No. 1 overall pick shortstop Dansby Swanson.
What I prefer is that Arizona fixes Miller, and that they don’t actually give up on him and instead figure out what is wrong and get it fixed.
The guy has had success. I used the analogy the other day on the show of a car being brought into the shop that is leaking oil, needs a brake-job and is just not running right. I would hope the shop has a good mechanic that can fix the car properly and get it back on the road. And I expect the same out of the Diamondbacks.
They have to believe they have the right coaches and support staff in place to spend the time necessary to get Miller correct.
Trading Miller to me is giving up on him way too soon. It’s admitting a mistake, and I agree so far it has been a big mistake. But why not try to fix the car and get it back on the road running properly? If the Diamondbacks can fix Miller, maybe, just maybe, they have something behind Zack Greinke for the next few years.
They believed in Miller when they traded for him and they had every right to. He was a good pitcher. He is not a good pitcher now, but why throw in the towel?
It makes no sense to trade him knowing you can’t possibly get fair value back. Does Arizona not believe it has the right teachers, the right coaches in place to figure out why he is struggling and get it corrected? If they trade him, that’s basically what they are saying.
So in the best interest of the organization, it would be wise to work with Miller and not trade him.