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D-backs trade Upton to Braves
Justin Upton is joining his brother in Atlanta.
The Braves sent Martin Prado and pitcher Randall Delgado as part of a five-player package to Arizona in return. Atlanta also included Zeke Spruill, Nick Ahmed and Brandon Drury.
Prado, the key player from Atlanta’s side, is only under club control for one more year. The Diamondbacks are expected to sign him to a long-term deal in the near future, according to Jack Magruder of Fox Sports Arizona. He was popular in Atlanta, with one former Brave saying letting Prado go was “a bad move.”
Upton is owed $38.5 million over the next three seasons. The Diamondbacks recently agreed to trade him to the Seattle Mariners, but the M’s were one of four teams on Upton’s no-trade list, and he rejected the deal, sources say.
The Braves were not on Upton’s no-trade list. B.J. Upton recently agreed to a five-year, $75.25 million free-agent contract with the Braves, and Atlanta is relatively close to the family’s home in Virginia.
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