After hearing yesterday that the two teams were nearing a deal, the Braves and Diamondbacks completed their trade sending outfielder Justin Upton to Atlanta. Along with Upton, the Braves acquire third baseman Chris Johnson, and they send a package of five players to the desert, highlighted by third baseman Martin Prado. Also heading to the Diamondbacks are starting pitchers Randall Delgado and Zeke Spruill, infielder Nick Ahmed, and first baseman Brandon Drury.
In Upton, the Braves acquire a five tool player with a six win ceiling signed for the next three years. Their outfield is set for the next three years with Upton, his brother BJ, and Jason Heyward, potentially the most talented in the league. While trading Prado does create a hole at third base, the Braves already had one hole on the team with Prado around, and he was hitting the free agency market this winter. After the Braves attempted to sign Prado to a long-term extension and he demanded $10 to $12 million per season, I think that sealed his fate with the Braves. The Diamondbacks fill their gaping hole at third base with Prado, but perhaps only for a season.no comments