Diamondbacks

Justin Upton Traded to 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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Matthew Hendley
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