On Monday, the Atlanta Braves traded outfielder Jason Heyward and relief pitcher Jordan Walden to the St. Louis Cardinals for pitchers Shelby Miller and Tyrell Jenkins. Here are the SportsZone trade grades:

— Atlanta Braves — C+

Heyward, 25, is a free agent after the 2015 season, and the Braves have not shown interest in giving him an extension beyond that. When Atlanta signed most of their core last season – including Freddie Freeman, Andrelton Simmons, Julio Teheran, and Craig Kimbrel – Heyward got the smallest extension, at only two years. He hasn’t completely lived up to his hype when he was a prospect, as through five seasons he only has .262 career batting average with 84 home runs and 292 RBI. But the Braves made this move due to its need for pitching with Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy both recovering for Tommy John surgery and Ervin Santana, Aaron Harang, and Gavin Floyd all free agents. The problem is the return will not be worth the giant hole they just made in right field. Jenkins is currently ranked as the Braves seventh best prospect by MLB.com, but is a single-A pitcher at least two years away from the majors, while Miller is another former prospect who hasn’t entirely lived up to his hype. After ranking in the top ten of all major league prospects in 2011 and 2012, Miller has been a rather mediocre major league starting pitcher, with a 26-18 record with an unimpressive 3.33 career ERA, 1.23 WHIP, .233 batting average against, and only 312 strikeouts in 370 innings. Miller will eat innings but is not a front line starter, and in an age where offense is at a premium, the Braves simply didn’t get enough for Heyward.

— St. Louis Cardinals — A

The Cardinals suffered a tragedy already this offseason with the death of young Oscar Tavares, who was expected to be their right fielder of the future. Rather than go forward with prospect outfielders Randel Grichek or Stephen Piscotty, they used their wealth of starting pitching to add Heyward, who is still young enough to rebound with the change of scenery. And though he is a free agent after the season, the Cardinals could give him an extension if he works out, or give him the qualifying offer and get a draft pick back. Plus, Miller is far down the pecking order of the Cardinals arms, behind Michael Wacha, Adam Wainwright, Lance Lynn, and Jaime Garcia. With Walden now in the bullpen fold, expect Carlos Martinez to get another shot at the rotation if John Lackey isn’t up to the task. This is a calculated risk, and if it works out like Jhonny Peralta did for them last year, the Cards just punched their ticket for a return to the NLCS.

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