Justin Upton traded to the Atlanta Braves

Reunited and it feels so good: Justin Upton to join his brother in Atlanta after blockbuster trade

1/24/13 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5234 respect

Blog Photo - Justin Upton traded to the Atlanta Braves The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Atlanta Braves have finalized a trade that would send outfielder Justin Upton to the Braves, where he will be reunited with his brother BJ.

Justin Upton, the #1 overall pick in the 2005 draft, will join BJ Upton and Jason Heyward in Atlanta, forming one of the best outfields in baseball.

Last year, Justin Upton hit .280 with 17 HR and 67 RBI. In 2011, however, he had a monster year, and finished 4th in MVP voting.

In a better lineup, I think both Uptons are poised to have monster seasons.

The Braves are shaping up to be one of the best teams in baseball. In exchange for Upton, they reportedly gave up 3B/OF Martin Prado, RHP Randall Delgado, SS Nick Ahmed, RHP Zeke Spruill, and 1B/3B Brandon Drury. The Braves also received 3B Chris Johnson in the deal.

I think this makes the Braves one of the favorites in the NL, and they should definitely give the Nationals a run for their money. Both teams have a lot of young talent, although the Nationals probably have a considerably better starting pitching rotation.

What do you think... was this a good trade for the Braves? Are you wishing that your team went after Upton? As a Red Sox fan, I know I am.
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1/28/13   |   WBKsports   |   366 respect

Great trade for the Braves! A lot of options for Fredi Gonzålez. The Braves will always find pitching as they have one of the best farm systems in MLB.

1/25/13   |   Beaneaters   |   17855 respect

I like the trade. A lot. I hated to see Prado go, I like the guy, but I believe Chris Johnson might be a diamond in the rough in this deal. I couldn't help but wish the ATL would have picked up a solid starting pitcher, but barring health issues, the pitching staff appears to be not too shabby. Now they have the ability to put some run production behind them. With the moves made, I believe management truly wants to stay competitive and as a fan, I am digging all that. I do wonder who bats first in this year, if Andrelton Simmons can step up, the Braves could have a real deep offensive lineup. Still, come on baseball season.


1/24/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

This is a fantastic trade for Atlanta, as they didn't give up anything close to full value for Upton. Prado's useful when he's hitting .290-.300, but Upton's better, younger, and not a free agent at the end of year. Delgado could be something, but he walks a lot of guys. The minor leaguers aren't anything special. Put Justin in left, BJ in center, and Heyward in right, and there's a lot of potential there. Some risks, but risks worth taking. I still think the Nationals are better (I think the Nats are the best team in baseball), but not dominantly so.

As for Arizona, between this and trading Bauer as less than full value, I don't get it. Comments from the GM are that Upton didn't fit the clubhouse because he didn't run into walls enough. That's a paraphrase and a bit of an exaggeration, but not by much. Basically it sounds like if you don't play like Kirk Gibson did, Kirk Gibson the manager wants you out. Makes no sense at all.

1/24/13   |   WhoDat12   |   2252 respect

I love the trade for Upton...hate to lose Delgado though, but I think we have more than enough pitching to make up for it

1/24/13   |   abac89   |   923 respect

Very talented outfield should be fun to watch but i do hate to see Prado leave

1/24/13   |   Scott   |   54613 respect

The Braves lineup is better but with the Upton brothers joining Dan Uggla, Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman, they are prone to striking out a lot and the Nationals pitching staff is loaded with guys who are strikeout pitchers.  I do think the trade improves the Braves and makes them a front runner for a Wild Card spot but IMO, on paper the Nationals are still the front runner to win the NL East