Originally written January 24, 2013 on Pirates Prospects:
We’ve been hearing a lot of Justin Upton rumors over the last two years. The Pirates were involved in some of those discussions around the trade deadline. Today Upton was dealt to the Atlanta Braves as part of a seven player deal. Here is the breakdown of the trade, including their trade values. Atlanta Gets Justin Upton – Upton is owed $38.5 M over the next three years. I put his WAR at 4.2 per year, which is the average of the last four seasons. The high was 2011 (6.4) and the low was 2012 (2.5). That gives him a trade value of $25.1 M. If you’re paying for the star version of Upton (5-6 WAR), then the trade value goes up to just over $40 M. I’m guessing that’s what most teams would have been paying for, including Atlanta, so we’ll go with this figure. Chris Johnson – The third baseman is Super Two eligible this year, and I used a 1.7 WAR. That gives him a trade value of $17.2 M. Total Trade Value: $$57.2 M Arizona Gets Martin Prado – He’s got one year of control remaining, and is...
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