Arizona Diamondbacks Smart To Sign Martin Prado Long-Term

By Andy Schmidt
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The Arizona Diamondbacks needed to make sure that their newest player got what he deserved. Arizona did just that, signing Martin Prado to a four-year, $40 million contract to ensure Prado stays with the team. Prado is going to be a major part of what Arizona tries to do in 2013 after trading Justin Upton away. Arizona has a lot of good parts, but adding a presence like Prado will just make the team that much better.

Prado shifted a lot between third base and left field while playing for the Atlanta Braves and while he will likely be at third base all the time in Arizona, that flexibility is always a positive for any team. Prado will find himself hitting around .300 again this season I figure with 10-15 home runs and 65-75 RBIs and if players like Paul Goldschmidt, Miguel Montero and Cody Ross play to their potential, it may be a very interesting year in the desert.

Even after trading Upton away, I think the Diamondbacks can still be a .500 team in 2013. Prado is obviously not Upton, but is a solid player that will be out there every day and will produce solid statistics. The contract is a solid one when you have a player who isn’t even 30-years old yet who has many good years ahead of him and at a price that isn’t overly expensive. I believe Prado may even be better for the Diamondbacks than he was in Atlanta, which may seem crazy, but it is possible.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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