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Seems like a good deal for the D-Backs but it's still a bad trade.
Honestly, I don't think the Braves value him as much as I (we?) do
That's hardly a landslide in Upton's favor. WAR's not everything, but over the last 4 years (which works in his favor) he's got 13 WAR; Prado has 15 WAR in a nearly identical number of PA so it's far from clear which of these guys is the better player at this moment. Upton of course has more potential, likely a much longer career (from today) and a much lower immediate collapse risk, so I'd still prefer Upton straight up.
ike the RA Dickey deal where the acquiring team clearly knew the asking price and saw value in the potential contract.
I thought the Dickey deal was explicitly contingent on an extension.
We are forgetting the single most important fact about Prado- that in many formats, he is 2b eligible next year.
The Braves didn't extend Prado, or negotiate the arbitration numbers because they knew they were trading Martin to the Diamondbacks. IOW, they were leaving the arbitration/extension to the Diamondbacks, maybe even by the request of the Diamondbacks.
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