The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired third baseman Martin Prado
along with several young players in exchange for outfielder Justin Upton and
third baseman Chris Johnson yesterday. Prado is set to hit free agency
following the 2013 season, making his inclusion in the trade a bit underwhelming.
However, the Diamondbacks are confident that they’ll be able to sign Prado to a
three- or four-year contract extension, according to Bob Nightengale of USA
The #Dbacks quite optimistic about agreeing soon to 3 or 4 year extension with Martin Prado
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) January 24, 2013
Immediately following the completion of the Upton trade,
Jack Magruder of FOX Sports Arizona reported that the Diamondbacks expected to
sign Prado to a contract extension. He added that Arizona wouldn’t have agreed
to a deal without the prospect of inking Prado long-term.
The news makes sense considering Arizona gave up Chris
Johnson and received Randall Delgado from the Braves instead of their top young
pitching prospect Julio Teheran.
Prado hit .301/.359/.438 with 42 doubles, six triples, 10
home runs and 17 stolen bases in 21 attempts for the Braves last season. The
29-year-old owns a career line of .295/.345/.435 over parts of seven seasons at
the major league level.
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