For three seasons, Justin Upton has been at the center of Arizona Diamondbacks trade rumors. Those rumors are now over. According to various reports, the D-backs have traded Upton to the Atlanta Braves along with third baseman Chris Johnson for outfielder Martin Prado, right-handed starter Randall Delgado, shortstop Nick Ahmed and right-hander Zeke Spruill. Upton, a two-time All-Star, will now play alongside his older brother, B.J., who signed a five-year, $75 million deal in the offseason. At the center of the return for the Diamondbacks is Prado, who was an All-Star in 2010. Last season, Prado hit .301 with 10 homers and 70 RBI in 156 games for Atlanta. Delgado started 17 games for the Braves last season, posting a 4-9 record and a 4.37 ERA. He is 22 years old. Ahmed, 22, was a second round pick of the Braves in 2011. He spent the 2012 season with Lynchburg in Class-A ball. He batted .269 with six home runs and 49 RBI while posting a .963 fielding percentage. Spruill, is rated as the Braves' ninth-best prospect according to Baseball America. The 6-foot-5, 190-pound righty went 9-11 with a 3.67 ERA in 2012 for Double-A Mississippi. He has a 38-33 record in five minor league seasons after being a second round pick of the Braves out of Kell High School in Marietta, Georgia in 2008.
D-backs trade Justin Upton to Atlanta Braves
ArizonaSports.com | Jan 24