The Arizona Diamondbacks made a flurry of moves this off season that dramatically changed the face of the franchise. There was one deal that they made with the Atlanta Braves that will have an impact on the Diamondbacks now and years into the future.
The Diamondbacks sent their all-star right fielder Justin Upton to the Braves for third baseman Martin Prado, and they also received prospects in the deal such as Randall Delgado, who is in a competition for the fifth spot in the Diamondbacks starting rotation.
There were plenty of negative comments in the media towards the D’Backs for doing this trade with the Braves. They thought that the Diamondbacks should have asked for more. That said, the team obtained their starting third baseman for the next four years, and they also added depth to their minor league system as well — the trade worked out well for both parties involved.
Prado, who provides the Diamondbacks with stability and versatility by being able to play multiple positions besides third base, was the best off-season acquisition for Arizona. He is a very consistent hitter throughout his career, and has shown the ability to put the ball in play at a high rate and strike out at a low rate, as indicated by his .295/.345/.780 triple-slash and 69 strikeouts over 617 at-bats last season.
The Diamondbacks did lose a future MVP and five-tool player in Upton, but they gained so much more with the acquisition of Prado, who will make the Diamondbacks better in more ways than one.