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UPDATE: The Braves have acquired Justin Upton for Martin Prado, Randall Delgado and prospects

Jan 24, 2013, 9:49 AM EDT

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UPDATE: The return is … interesting. Mark Bowman reports that the Braves are getting not just Justin Upton, but Chris Johnson as well. In return, Atlanta is sending them Martin Prado, Randall Delgado, shortstop prospect Nick Ahmed and starting pitcher Zeke Spruill.

Much bigger trade than expected. We’ll break it down shortly.

UPDATE: Jon Heyman reports that it’s a done deal, pending physicals. Justin Upton to the Braves. We’ll update with what the Diamondbacks are getting as soon as it’s reported.

9:49 AMKen Rosenthal tweets that the Braves are close to getting Justin Upton from the Diamondbacks.

It would appear, then, that the Braves’ offer, which is thought to be led by Julio Teheran and a handful of other prospects, is good enough for Kevin Towers. UPDATE: Rosenthal tweets that Randall Delgado is in the package. It’s unclear if Teheran is too.

If the Braves land Upton, they will be done for the offseason, filling their center field hole with B.J. Upton, their third base hole with Martin Prado, his spot in left field with Justin Upton and their backup catching slot with Gerald Laird.  All without costing them a player they would have otherwise expected to contribute in 2013.  Not bad.

UPDATE: Yup, this looks like it’s happening:

  1. gpatrick15 - Jan 24, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    I doubt both Tehran AND Delgado are included. One, sure, but hopefully not both.

  2. Jeremiah Graves - Jan 24, 2013 at 9:54 AM


  3. butchhuskey - Jan 24, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    Doesn’t this fulfill Matthew Pouliot’s prophecy of a two Upton Braves outfield?

    • El Bravo - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:02 AM

      I believe it does. Although isn’t their a third brother? Peyton, Eli and ???…

      • historiophiliac - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:16 AM

        Andy – but he was never actually IN the Bee Gees.

      • philliesblow - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:19 AM

        Just as long as they don’t try to acquire Kate Upton.

      • recoveringcubsfan - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:23 AM

        Or Upton Sinclair.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:33 AM

        Everyone knows that Kate Upton is best for second base.

  4. illcomm - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    if both are included this is a vast overpay. why trade two top talents when u can resign your own guy in bourn. doesnt make sense.

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:06 AM

      Told Delgado not biggest piece going from #Braves to #Diamondbacks for Upton. Also told Teheran not in deal.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 24, 2013

      They’re not both included in the package.

  5. El Bravo - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Let’s go Bravos. Someone needs to try to hang with the Nats in the division.

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:10 AM

      That would be great if a team in that division had 3 of the best pitchers in basebal.

      • El Bravo - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:11 AM

        That would be great, but unfortunately there is no team with such a staff in the NL East.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:13 AM

        Calling you out for a lame thumbs down. Also noting that said thumbs done is your confession that the statement is true

      • El Bravo - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:21 AM

        Thumbs down? Que? I don’t use those silly things.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:28 AM

        Nope, not gonna work, no one else even had time to see my reply when that popped in.

        It’s all good

      • recoveringcubsfan - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:26 AM

        I do. And if the Phils were capable of staying healthy they’d have some fine pitching. But with the team’s other issues, even that isn’t enough to save them. 3rd place squad, saved from last place by the very existence of the Mets and Marlins.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:32 AM

        Let’s not get carried away here – the Phillies were not “saved” by anyone or anything last year. As dismal as that season was, they were 81-81, that is not a last place finish in any division in any year. In 1994, every single team in the AL West was 10 games below .500 or worse.

        As for this year, if you want to bet against Halladay, be my guest. If you want to assume every signle position player will have significant DL times, be my guest

      • natstowngreg - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:26 AM

        Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez, Jordan Zimmermann

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:34 AM

        Name one GM in baseball who would take those three over Hallday, Hamels and Lee. Oh wait – I know the one….

        2006 Mets.

      • frenchysplatediscipline - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:34 AM

        If you think that Zimmerman and Gonzalez are 2 of the 3 best pitchers in baseball, I would like to invite you to play in a high dollar fantasy baseball league this year.

      • El Bravo - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:40 AM

        I swear on your mother I didn’t thumbs down you. So insecure you Phils Phans….

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:59 AM

        Insecure? How about “You’ve been trolled” 😉

        It’s all good

      • Paul Zummo - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:44 AM

        You do realize that Gonzalez, Zimmerman and Strasburg all were basically of equal value last year? They also happen to have the happy benefit of ALL being on the right side of 30.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 24, 2013 at 11:01 AM

        Still waiting for your point, but thanks for the Birthday info.

      • heyblueyoustink - Jan 24, 2013 at 11:15 AM

        Great, pitchers and catchers haven’t even reported and we’re already off to the races in the NL East.

        I still think there’s reason for a little surprising Phillies optimism.

      • natstowngreg - Jan 24, 2013 at 12:36 PM

        Good Grief, Charlie Brown. Who would want to have three young starters of the quality of Strasburg, Gio and Zimmermann? Quite a few GMs, one would think. Real and fantasy.

      • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 24, 2013 at 1:33 PM

        The question was not who would want those three – who are talented. The question is who would want those three over Hallday, Lee and Hamels.

        One proven entity vs. Three. Zero Cy Youngs vs. Three. Zero Playoff MVP’s vs. Three. Three All Star appearances vs. Fourteen. You want me to keep going?

        Look, I acknowldged elsewhere in this thread a certain degree of trolling here. But if you are going to compare the Nats and Phillies top 3 starters, all you can say in Nats favor is that injuries may hit the Phillies. And they may. But that could be said of your guys as well.

  6. buffalomafia - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    It’s about time & kudos to the Braves!

    Just wondering who are there two catchers? I know Mcann & ????

    • historiophiliac - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:33 AM

      Laird hahahahahahahahahahahahaha

      • proudlycanadian - Jan 24, 2013 at 11:00 AM

        Is there really an “i” in that name?

      • historiophiliac - Jan 24, 2013 at 11:12 AM

        Right, PC? Can I just tell you how much I’m enjoying seeing who picks up our dead weight? Ye-ah!

  7. DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    First game in which the Braves beat the Phillies, headlines will read:

    “Up & Up over Young & Younger”

    From their, things will only get worse

  8. Chris Fiorentino - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Maybe Ruben will see this deal, realize that his outfield of Ruf, Revere, and Young/Brown are a 1 compared to the 9.5 of Cerrano/Upton/Upton and bite the bullet and sign Bourne? Either way, this makes the Braves outfield absolutely sick, provided they can all stay healthy. Which is a big if.

    The Over/Under on Pedro Cerrano’s first hamstring injury has been set at March 11th at Wynn Las Vegas sportsbook.

    • El Bravo - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      Watch yoself.

  9. chacochicken - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:18 AM

    Kevin Towers must be drunk with power this offseason. Someone has to stop him. He needs an intervention.

  10. joshtown81 - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    I can’t believe we traded Prado… Wtf.

  11. recoveringcubsfan - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:22 AM

    I think this makes Atlanta a lock for the playoffs next season. Whether they can battle it out with the Nats remains to be seen; guessing injuries to either squad will decide who wins the division. This is a good trade for Atlanta in most respects. I don’t think they had confidence in Delgado as a middle-of-the-rotation starter and they clearly didn’t think much of Prado after the way they jerked him around the last few years. Chris Johnson at 3B next year is an absolute downgrade from Prado, but they have time to find a better fit between now and April 1.

    I think they should have just signed Bourn to a 1-year deal, with the promise not to make him a qualifying offer next year.

    • jarathen - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:35 AM

      Nothing makes anyone a lock for the postseason. It’s a long season.

  12. frenchysplatediscipline - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Prado… really?


  13. The Baseball Gods - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Not so quick with the Prado at 3rd base Craig. Looks like he is being sent to Arizona as part of the deal. Now they have to go with Chris Johnson at 3rd base, which I think is a major downgrade at that position.

    • recoveringcubsfan - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:30 AM

      Agreed about Johnson. Kind of weird that Arizona wanted Prado, of all people, from that roster. And his departure just creates a hole where none existed for the Braves, necessitating yet more dealing before the season starts. That’s unsettling. But J. Upton has all-world talent, so he’s probably worth it and, unlike Michael Bourn, he can do lots of things well, in addition to getting on base, running, and playing solid D. It will be interesting to see how his hitting fares in the NL East parks this year. No real launching pads except Philly, which should put the “he’s a product of Arizona’s park!” theories to the test.

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:38 AM

      I think a platoon of Chris Johnson and Juan Francisco could conceivably outperform the production you get out of playing Prado every day. It’s far from a lock, but it’s not crazy talk, either.

      • The Baseball Gods - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:54 AM

        Prado finished 20th overall in the MVP vote last season. He was going to be their leadoff hitter and now they are probably going to put Simmons in that role who had a whopping 1 SB in 49 games last season.

      • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Jan 24, 2013 at 11:38 AM

        Not that I think it’s all that much better of an option, but I’d imagine B.J. Upton hits leadoff. Either way, looking at SB numbers isn’t how I’d evaluate a guy’s capability to fill the leadoff spot.

        Also, it looks like Chris Johnson has a pretty nasty reverse platoon split, so I guess we’ll see Fredi “ride the hot hand” there. Doesn’t change my opinion that this was a good trade, especially when you look at the money and years of control involved. Prado is a good player and I know that, but giving him away is not likely to be the deciding factor for next season’s success.

  14. ireportyoudecide - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Well now that Upton has been traded, let’s work on bringing back Crystal Pepsi, it’s clear!

  15. stex52 - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Interesting swap at 3rd base. Johnson can hit fairly well if he can remember there is an outside corner. It would help, though, if the Braves could come up with a 1st baseman about 12 feet tall for his throws across the diamond.

  16. iamjimmyjack - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    YES!!!! Thanks for not trading him to the rangers.

  17. liamj55 - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    F—, F—, F— . I am a Phillies fan..

  18. illegalblues - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    An absolute steal for the Braves. A lot of Prado’s WAR value came from defense and you just cannot buy into it’s accuracy at all.

  19. ebrownwareagle - Jan 24, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    Best Outfield in Major League Baseball if these guys ALL play to there potential!

  20. xmatt0926x - Jan 24, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Don’t get me wrong. I think Upton is a potentially great player, but the idea that the Braves are drastically better because of this seems odd to me when you factor in the loss of Prado. You gained something but you also lost something in what Prado gives you. Is the net positive of Upton so great when you lose Prado? I’m not so sure. They also lose Chippers production. To me they still may be about what they were last year, which is certainly more than acceptable, but people seem to think they’ve made up 10 games in the standings. The starting pitching other than Medlen is no lock either. Washington still has the most talent in the division with the Braves a solid 2nd and the Phillies needing alot of things to break right to compete for 2nd place (but very likely 3rd).

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