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The Arizona Diamondbacks and Martin Prado agree to a four-year, $40 million deal

Jan 31, 2013, 1:07 PM EDT

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The Arizona Diamondbacks have just announced a four-year, $40 million extension with third baseman Martin Prado.  The deal goes through 2016, buying out his arbitration year this year and tacking three more on top. He made $4.75 million last season. His arbitration demand for this year was $7.05 million with the club countering at around $6 million. So one way to think of this is as a three-year, $33-34 million deal.

Which is not terrible. He’ll certainly be worth it for a couple of years. The deal takes him through his age-32 season, so there is some risk of decline, obviously. And given how gritty a grinder he is, you have to worry about injury.

Prado has hit .295/.345/.435 over the course of seven big league seasons, the last four of which came as a full-timer.  He can play multiple positions, most recently serving as the Braves’ left fielder, but he will play third for Arizona.

Prado, along with Randall Delgado and other prospects, came to the Dbacks in the Justin Upton trade.  It was said at the time of the trade that they wanted to extend him and now they have.

  1. cur68 - Jan 31, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    Its the deal with GRIT on the team with extra GRIT. It remains to be seen if GRIT = Post Season. One thing we do know: being really good at baseball while only 23 is not the way forward. No GRIT.

    • vallewho - Jan 31, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      Not even a wild-card, I’m guessing.

    • steelpenbucs87 - Jan 31, 2013 at 2:27 PM

      Great – now I’m hungry for grits.

      • zzalapski - Jan 31, 2013 at 2:32 PM

        I made grits with quinoa for lunch. The two actually go together pretty well. Add some cheddar and sauteed vegetables and you have a filling meal.

  2. jwbiii - Jan 31, 2013 at 1:12 PM
    • jwbiii - Jan 31, 2013 at 1:15 PM

      And it’s 6:05 in Europe. Is Rosenthal covering the Premier League or something?

      • paperlions - Jan 31, 2013 at 1:57 PM

        I believe those time stamps are always shown as your local time as determined by your IP address.

  3. Shafer's Dealer - Jan 31, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    According to the promo videos last year he was also a Tuner Field Announcer…

    • Shafer's Dealer - Jan 31, 2013 at 2:47 PM

      Some content was stripped by our security filters, but is should be possible for one of your Editors to embed the content for you.

      He did everything…

  4. temporarilyexiled - Jan 31, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Much as it’s hard for me to support the Snakes, this is good for him and the team and he deserves it.

  5. unclemosesgreen - Jan 31, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    $40 million is a lot of grip – tough to make that much unless you hit homeruns or undemocratically strike a lot of guys out.

  6. illcomm - Jan 31, 2013 at 1:23 PM

    das

  7. Old Gator - Jan 31, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    This guy must have so much grit, he uses the excess to make floor paper for parakeets.

  8. wpjohnson - Jan 31, 2013 at 1:28 PM

    Good for Prado. He is just another player who benefitted from escaping Atlanta.

  9. proudlycanadian - Jan 31, 2013 at 1:45 PM

    When Prado comes to the plate, is he greeted by Perez Prado playing “Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White”?

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 31, 2013 at 4:08 PM

      I guess that some people do not think that song is gritty enough.

  10. natslady - Jan 31, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    So Prado isn’t coming back to the NL East. Ever. Right? Oh, thank you, Kevin Towers.

  11. bravojawja - Jan 31, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    This looks like the deal the Braves wouldn’t give him.

  12. louhudson23 - Jan 31, 2013 at 2:52 PM

    Good for him. Now he can settle in and play third day in and day out.Good hitter,good fielder,good teammate.

    • bolweevils2 - Feb 1, 2013 at 10:54 AM

      But is that a good thing? If you believe in UZR, he was a great defensive left fielder.

  13. caeser12 - Jan 31, 2013 at 3:16 PM

    Stay “Gritty” or you’ll be moved.

  14. dkphilly1122 - Jan 31, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    Glad Prado got a new deal, he deserves it. I am glad he is with Arizona now too. Prado alone was a Phillies killer. Glad he is out of the East. I will take our chances with the Upton Brothers.

    • Chip Caray's Eyebrows - Jan 31, 2013 at 10:05 PM

      Have fun with that. And with Delmon Young in right field. Good times all around!

  15. timpaz - Jan 31, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Wow, that’s a lot of money for this guy.

  16. gbrim - Jan 31, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Money saved on Prado vs. J Upton can go to extending Aaron Hill. Wouldn’t have kept Upton past his contract anyway. All in all a good move for a mid-market team.

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