Originally posted on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 1/24/13
Well, the Arizona Diamondbacks are getting what they wanted: a team full of gritty dirtballs. Theyve traded center fielder Chris Young, right-hander Trevor Bauer and right fielder Justin Upton, all for questionable returns. Now lets see if they can win a World Series with their curious emphasis on toughness over talent. Why even move Upton? That has been the question ever since the Diamondbacks started trying to trade him in November 2010. Why were the D-backs willing to move a gifted young outfielder who was signed to an affordable long-term contract? We have our answer now that Upton is headed to the Atlanta Braves in a seven-player trade. The answer actually is quite clear, no matter how the D-backs might try to spin this. Their actions this offseason and not just with Upton speak louder than any words. The Diamondbacks want a certain type of player single-minded, outwardly intense, fierce. Cody Ross is that kind of player. Martin Prado is that kind of player. Upton is not, at least not in the estimation of Diamondbacks GM Kevin Towers and manager Kirk Gibson. The problem is that he didnt play with a high level of energy, said one of Uptons former teammates who spoke on the condition that he would not be identified. What I think they want is guys who play with the speed, energy and intensity of the Oregon football team all out, all the time. Justin doesnt have that kind of attitude; he has a quiet intensity that doesnt fit the mold of what KT and Gibby seem to want. He plays hard but has to look suave doing it. Slamming into walls isnt his thing, and they will accept nothing short of all-out sacrifice for the team. Evidently, it wasnt enough when Upton hit 31 home runs and finished fourth in the 2011 voting for National League MVP. Evidently, it wasnt enough that he played through a painful injury to his left thumb in the early part of last season, helping account for his drop in production. No one questions Uptons work ethic, but in the words of one rival executive, He is not a leader, not an all-out hustle type. Well, neither is his older brother and new teammate, center fielder B.J. Upton. Both Uptons are so talented, they can make the game look easy too easy. Well, give me B.J.s 25-homer, 30-stolen-base ability. Give me Justins 40-homer, .900 OPS promise. A team wont win with 25 Paul ONeills slamming their helmets or 25 David Ecksteins hustling like crazy. No, a team needs difference-makers. Justin certainly is one, and hes still only 25. B.J., 28, can be that type of player, too. Again, what exactly was the problem? One Diamondbacks player said that Justin is ready to play every day. If his style rubbed Gibson wrong, then maybe its Gibson who should have adjusted, or at least found some sort of middle ground. Twenty-five players, 25 personalities. They cant all be the same. Which is not to say that chemistry is unimportant, or that this trade wont work out well for the D-backs. Prado, 29, will be their new third baseman, and he was arguably the most popular Brave with his teammates. Wow, I cant believe they got rid of Prado, one former Braves player told me in a text. Bad move. That player knew full well whom the Braves were getting Upton and third baseman Chris Johnson for Prado and four prospects. The Diamondbacks knew what they were getting, too. They clearly valued Prado and Ross, whom they signed to a three-year, 26.5 million free-agent contract, over Upton and Johnson. The deal soon could look better, too if the D-backs trade some of their prospects for a starting pitcher such as Detroit right-hander Rick Porcello, and if they sign Prado to a long-term contract. The team expects to complete such a deal with Prado shortly, according to Jack Magruder of Fox Sports Arizona. Prado is eligible for free agency after this season, while Upton is signed for three more years. The trade of Upton will enable the D-backs to start Adam Eaton, yet another fiery type, in center, improving the teams speed and defense. The pitching is good and will get better as some of the teams top prospects reach the majors. But who is the most feared hitter in the Arizona lineup now? Prado? Ross? Jason Kubel? Miguel Montero? Not good enough. What happened to the Red Sox when Pedro, Schilling, Manny and Varitek left or declined? one rival executive asked after learning of the trade. You need impact guys. Justin Upton is an impact guy. And the Diamondbacks didnt want him.
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