Justin Upton Traded to Atlanta Braves

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Justin Upton was traded to the Atlanta Braves.
After more than a year of trade rumors involving Arizona Diamondbacks right-fielder Justin Upton, he's actually being traded.

The Diamondbacks traded Upton and third-baseman Chris Johnson to the Atlanta Braves for five players, including Martin Prado.

As you may recall, Upton was supposed to be the future of the team, as the Diamondbacks drafted him with the first overall pick in the 2005 draft.

In 2011, he finished fourth in MVP voting, with a .289 average, and 31 home runs, 39 doubles, 88 RBI, and 21 stolen bases.

Last season wasn't so great. After a bad start, Upton finished the season with decent numbers, as the Diamondbacks finished a mediocre season -- he hit .280 with 17 home runs, 24 doubles, 67 RBI, and 18 stolen bases.

So, in return, the Diamondbacks get Prado, an infielder who was moved to left field in 2011, Randall Delgado, Zeke Spruill, Nick Ahmed, and Brandon Drury.

The latter three qualify as "prospects."

Last season was Delgado's first major league season as a Braves starting pitcher, and he went 4-9 in 17 starts, with a 4.37 ERA.

According to MLB.com's Steve Gilbert, it looks like the Diamondbacks are going to use Prado at third base.

Prado hit .301 last year, with 42 doubles, 70 RBI, and 17 stolen bases.

Atlanta now has one of the best outfields in baseball, as Upton joins his brother, B.J. Upton, as well as Jason Heyward.

Now, watch this video of Upton bombing a homer into Fatburger, sigh deeply, and reflect on what could have been.



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green.josh1977
green.josh1977

I just wanted to give my sincere thanks to the Arizona Diamondbacks Organization. That trade could be what my Bravos needed to push them over the top next season. This could give the Braves the best outfield in the N.L. UP,UP,and a HEY!!! At least ya'll recived a quality young pitcher and an all around quality player on and off of the field. Prado will be greatly missed aroundAtlanta from the clubhouse to the fans. We wish him a great career and a thanks for al he gave to Atlanta.

MaybeNextSeason
MaybeNextSeason

What a joke.  A few months ago the organization tried to hustle me for a tour and I told them I was not interested in season tickets so there was no need to waste my time touring.  Now, I am not sure I want to attend any games.  Horrible organizational management

ReggieVV
ReggieVV

Think about it. Phoenix has four major professional sports team. Everyone of them has completely ***ked up management. Suns, a mess, not a clue of how to build and keep a team together. Michael Beasley. The Diamondbacks, a mess, same, not a clue. Cardinals, some really good players, management a mess. Coyotes? The whole league is a mess, and the team even worse, Glendale subsidizing this mess. Sorry Glendale, thanks Elaine. This is what you get for your dollars spent on pro sports in the Valley. Guaranteed now, Upton will have MVP type stats this year. The D'backs will be dead last in the West, and the echoes in the stadium will be massive from empty seats.

DNichols
DNichols

Last Year I took my Sons to watch a Diamondbacks Game at the Stadium, even though we lost I recall thinking how glad I was that we had one really good player, Justin Upton.

For the most part we looked like a triple A Team.

Good luck Justin, and thank's

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