Kevin Towers had a vacation planned for this weekend, so the Arizona Diamondbacks general manager made sure he got a major part of his work done before that, with a trade of Justin Upton to the Atlanta Braves. Towers got back a great return with Martin Prado and top prospect Russell Delgado, and can now focus on a young but talented team for 2013. There should be people paying attention to what Towers did and worry about how good the Diamondbacks could be in a few years.
While the team has made two trades this winter to move players, Towers have brought in players that could factor highly into the future for this season and the years to come. Prado brings a solid bat to third base while Delgado is probably a year away from the major leagues. There is enough talent on the Arizona roster to possibly make things interesting in the National League West, and I see the Diamondbacks still being a .500 team in 2013. That may sound crazy after trading Upton, but it is possible.
Towers is getting heat for not getting enough for Upton and while that is probably true, it was well-known that Upton wanted out of Arizona and other teams knew that. Towers wasn’t going to get a full return for Upton and did the best he could by getting Prado and Delgado among others. Towers can now go on his vacation with the peace of mind that he won’t have to try to trade any more outfielders before spring training, and knowing he still have a talented team.