Found January 31, 2013 on
The Justin Upton trade suddenly looks better for the Arizona Diamondbacks.
The D-Backs locked up infielder/outfielder Martin Prado on Thursday, signing him to a four-year contract.
The deal, which was announced by the team, is for $40 million, according to a major-league source.
Prado, 29, was the most significant piece that the Diamondbacks acquired for Upton in a seven-player deal last Thursday.
The Atlanta Braves had offered Prado $6.65 million in arbitration before trading him. Prado had requested $7.05 million.
The new contract settles Prado's final year of arbitration and buys out the first three years of his free agency.
Prado, who will play third base for the D-backs, batted .301 last season with a career-high 42 doubles, 10 homers, 70 RBI and a .796 OPS.
He led the National League with 60-multi-hit games, and is a career .301 hitter with a .780 OPS.
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The Arizona Diamondbacks have agreed to a $40 million, four-year contract with Martin Prado just a week after acquiring the former All-Star infielder in a trade that sent Justin Upton to Atlanta.
Prado had been headed to arbitration and could have become a free agent after this season.
Prado made the All-Star team as the Braves' second baseman in 2010 but is slated to play...
Evan Gattis, on the left, has been playing more LF and doing less catching
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The Arizona Diamondbacks announced they have signed infielder/outfielder Martin Prado to a four-year contract Thursday, one week after they acquired him as part of the haul for outfielder Justin Upton. The deal is worth $40 million, according to a FOX Sports report. Prado, 29, was in his final year of arbitration eligibility and could've become a free agent after the 2013...
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When the Diamondbacks traded Justin Upton to Arizona last week, the reaction was mostly negative, and was mostly centered around the idea that Arizona traded three years of a young star for a one year rental and some marginal prospects. However, from Arizona’s perspective, they weren’t acquiring one year of Martin Prado; they were acquiring the rights to sign Martin Prado to...
With Chipper Jones' uniform No. 10 likely to join the former third baseman in retirement, Justin Upton will switch to No. 8 in Atlanta. However, the newest Brave likely will inherit the future Hall of Famer's one-time slot in the batting order. Manager Fredi Gonzalez has already penciled in the left fielder as his No. 3 hitter, and the Braves go into spring training excited...
ATLANTA The proud parents sat in the crowd with their oldest son, but Frank Wren wasn't smiling any less onstage.
The Braves general manager, glowing right along with his green tie, introduced his newest cornerstone to what he and his staff strongly believe to be a World Series contender Tuesday, helping his manager, Fredi Gonzalez, hold up a No. 8 jersey in front of outfielder...
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While the Arizona Diamondbacks’ trade of Justin Upton to the Atlanta Braves for Martin Prado and a grab bag of prospects won’t have a ton of fantasy impact for the players involved, it can teach us a worthwhile lesson about fantasy baseball strategy.
The lesson: In baseball, there’s no such thing as absolute value.
ESPN’s Keith Law trashed Arizona...
By CHARLES ODUM
AP Sports Writer
ATLANTA -- Fredi Gonzalez sat down and started writing out projected lineups last week as soon as he heard the Braves had traded for Justin Upton.
It didn't take long. The manager says making out lineups just got easier.
Gonzalez used 107 lineups last year, sometimes adjusting due to the opposing pitcher.
He said his juggling days are over...