Arizona sends Upton to Braves
January 24, 2013
PHOENIX – Justin Upton is having a family reunion in Atlanta.
Arizona traded its star right fielder to the Braves on Thursday in a seven-player deal that sent former All-Star infielder Martin Prado to the Diamondbacks.
For the first time since he was a high school freshman, Upton will have older brother B.J. Upton as a teammate.
The brothers combine with Jason Heyward, who won a Gold Glove in 2012, in an outfield potentially packed with power and speed.
“If we push ourselves to the next level, I feel with the extra push from each other there’s no question we can be the best outfield in baseball,” Justin Upton said in a telephone interview. “I’m not going to give us that label until we prove it.”
The Braves, who also get third baseman Chris Johnson, are giving up one of their top pitching prospects, Randall Delgado, and three minor leaguers in the deal.
They are right-hander Zeke Spruill, shortstop Nick Ahmed and first baseman Brandon Drury.
Prado, projected to play third base for the Diamondbacks, can become a free agent after this season, but Arizona general manager Kevin Towers said he already was working with Prado’s agent on a long-term deal.
B.J. Upton, 28, signed a five-year, $75.25 million contract with Atlanta in November.
Trending In: Sports
- Buried alive: Colorado Rapid Avalanche Deployment team inches closer to standard avy dog training
- Taming The Beavers: A-Basin’s Alan Henceroth talks about a landmark expansion
- Mountain Wheels: All-new Land Rover Discovery seeks SUV-loving families
- Summit Nordic launches GoFundMe campaign for Lake Placid Jr. Championships
- Athlete Q&A: Frisco’s Jim Smith started a snowboard company out of his own garage
- Male skier, 43, dies after falling into tree well at Tahoe-area resort
- Six-story hotel proposal hopes to “put Dillon on the map”
- Summit County real estate prices soar due to high demand, low inventory
- Former Summit Housing Authority director reaches settlement with county
- Lake Tahoe skiing: Amid record snow, Squaw to stay open through July 4