Found August 18, 2013 on Baseball Hot Corner:
PLAYERS: Chris Johnson
TEAMS: Atlanta Braves
It’s not often that the throw-in player of a trade ends up being just as important as the main piece that was acquired. Usually, the individual who is “thrown in” to a deal is typically used as a stopgap to fill a positional need while the team waits patiently for a prospect to develop. For the Atlanta Braves, they needed a third baseman coming into the year due to future Hall of Famer Chipper Jones deciding that 2012 would be his final campaign. Some figured that utility man and 2012 left fielder Martin Prado would take over at the hot corner for Atlanta. However, Prado ended up being the main piece of a trade to the Arizona Diamondbacks, along with pitchers Randall Delgado and Zeke Spruill, minor league third baseman Brandon Drury, and minor league shortstop Nick Ahmed in exchange for outfielder Justin Upton and third baseman Chris Johnson, who was essentially the “throw in” of this trade. As it turns out, Prado has been the main third baseman for the Diamondbacks and has put up ...

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