After months (and years, really) of back and forth, GM Kevin Towers has at last pulled the trigger, sending Upton and third baseman Chris Johnson to the Atlanta Braves in exchange for five players: utility man Martin Prado, right-hander Randall Delgado, shortstop Nick Ahmed, right-hander Zeke Spruill, and first baseman Brandon Drury.
Let's get a look-see at what the baseball side of the Twitter-verse thinks of the deal.
Good for the D'Backs:
Pete Abraham of the Boston Globe likes it for Arizona, but seems to be alone in his sentiments:
Given their somewhat curious intent to trade Upton, Arizona seemed to do pretty well in that deal.— Pete Abraham (@PeteAbe) January 24, 2013
Bad for the D'Backs:
Jeff Passan wonders why the D'Backs would settle for one year of Martin Prado when they could have had six years of a younger, much more powerful Mike Olt:
Jay Jaffe of SI thinks that Arizona GM Kevin Towers' reputation in the baseball world will be hurt after this deal:
I place more blame on desert Steinbrenner wannabe Ken Kendrick than Kevin Towers, but think less of KT as a GM after this winter— Jay Jaffe (@jay_jaffe) January 24, 2013
And Rany Jazayerli seems to agree:
So in Kevin Towers' world, Didi Gregorious has about 60% of the trade value of Justin Upton. Oh...kay...— Rany Jazayerli (@jazayerli) January 24, 2013
Dave of Phillies Fever is having a hard time remembering the last time any Braves prospect panned out for another club, which doesn't bode well for AZ:
Serious question - when has a Braves' prospect gone in a trade and really blossomed elsewhere? Trying to think of a few and I can't.— Dave (@PhilliesFever) January 24, 2013
No matter how they develop, you can be sure that Royals GM Dayton Moore will acquire them sometime down the road (if he's still employed)...
Sky Kalkman wonders if the expected fallout from the trade isn't the reason Towers' scheduled trip to Africa tomorrow:
Wouldn't be surprised if the Braves anonymously provided Kevin Towers with his trip to Africa.— Sky Kalkman (@Sky_Kalkman) January 24, 2013
While Joe Sheehan of SI thinks Towers should have scheduled the trip much sooner:
The #Diamondbacks are in worse shape today than they'd be if they'd sent Kevin Towers on a six-month around-the-world cruise on November 1.— Joe Sheehan (@joe_sheehan) January 24, 2013
Good for the Braves:
Bryan Grosnick of BtB seems to think the trade a steal for the Braves:
I mean, let's be real. If I tried to trade Gregorius / Prado / Delgado for Bauer and Upton in a video game, it'd block me. #braves— Bryan (@bgrosnick) January 24, 2013
This deal is a HUGE win for the Braves. Just HUGE. The Braves get another superstar bat that they have been craving, and they don't have to give up any of their top prospects.
Good for both sides:
While Buster Olney likes the deal for both squads:
A nice deal for both teams, IMO. Arizona gets a really nice hitter in Prado who fits their lineup, high-average guy. Prado 5.9 WAR last year— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) January 24, 2013
As does Dave Cameron of FanGraphs:
Martin Prado is pretty good.This isn't nearly as bad for Arizona as everyone has been saying.— David Cameron (@DCameronFG) January 24, 2013
Somewhere in the Middle:
Troy Renck of the Denver Post likes the players involved, but thinks it was the wrong time:
Martin Prado will be a free agent after this season. He's really good player. Plus situational hitter, versatile defensively. And yet...— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) January 24, 2013
And yet I would not have traded Upton. I would have given him one more season. He's controllable for years, has MVP talent. And he's 24.— Troy Renck (@TroyRenck) January 24, 2013
And last but not least, the enigmatic Sam Miller:
Better to trade a guy a year too early than a year too late, but best to trade him a year too early and a year too late.— Sam Miller (@SamMillerBP) January 24, 2013
Well, the initial reaction from that small sample seems to favor the trade for the Braves and really dislike it for the D'Backs. That, of course, could change in time for myriad reasons.