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Dansby Swanson is now in the majors, and Shelby Miller is not

Wednesday’s Say Hey, Baseball wants to you remind you that baseball is always ruder than you think it is.

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The Braves traded Shelby Miller to the Diamondbacks this past offseason, following a strong summer that made it seem as if the right-hander could have a future as a number two starter. It was an expensive trade even if you believed that to be true, as the D-Backs apparently did, but that might just be the cost of starters these days, too. Things haven’t worked out at all for Arizona or Miller yet, as the 25-year-old has a 7.14 ERA and a career-worst 1.5 strikeout-to-walk ratio in the majors this year, a performance that has him down in Triple-A trying to return to form. This all stings that much more on Wednesday, as the Braves are promoting Dansby Swanson — a major piece from the swap — to the majors.

Swanson was the top pick in the 2015 MLB draft — not just for the D-Backs, but for everyone. He’s 22 and is skipping Triple-A after a good, but not great performance for Double-A where he hit .261/.342/.402. So, the potential to struggle in the majors or see himself back in the minors by next spring is real, but that doesn’t exactly make Diamondbacks’ fans feel any better considering he could be dealing with those growing pains in their team’s uniform instead.

This isn’t mean to say the trade was wrong — though it certainly looks at this time like Arizona’s faith in Miller was misplaced — but more to remind you that baseball is rude and unpredictable. The greatest opponents of this deal did not believe that Miller was going to pitch himself out of the majors and back into minor-league ball. And Miller still might rebound and find the production that made him a D-Backs’ target in the first place, but that won’t entirely erase this lost 2016. And if Swanson comes up and thrives and looks like he’ll never see the minors again... well, here’s your reminder that the Diamondbacks have until August 31 to exercise general manager Dave Stewart’s option for 2017, and they haven’t done it yet.