After my initial reaction. The trade doesn’t seem bad as long as Upton stays healthy. I just don’t want to see Constanza in LF and Johnson at 3b a lot next year. The 2013 team will be all about good pitching and the HR.
From an identity standpoint, it’s pretty cool. It’ll be neat having brothers in the outfield. Three of them. (HAHAHAHAHAHA… *ahem*…)
No, seriously, I think Atlanta having an all-black outfield, and all of them stars to boot, will make the Braves media darlings again. That’s bound to help with the ol’ finances, which will help the team going forward. And of course I think it makes the team actually better at baseball, but I thought I’d focus on something that could start arguments before I retreat back to my cave.
Hate to see Prado go, but the writing was kind’a on the wall when he showed we wasn’t interested in a long term deal.
With the Braves finances, that was a killer.
Nice to have Upton/Upton/Heyward in the OF. Third base might end up giving up as many runs as it produces, but you never know what might come out of spring training…
Just for grins and giggles, how about leading off Uggla? Tell him to get on no matter what (walks, hits, etc.) and don’t worry about hitting homers. I think that is what messed him up to begin with. He listened to the media hype of “the big bat in the middle of the line-up the Braves have been looking for” and started to try to hit 50 HRs instead of the usual 30 he always hit (which came with a good number walks and hits along the way)… He would probably then hit 30 anyway…
The thing about losing Prado and leaving a bit of a hole at thirdbase is that before that there was about as big a hole in leftfield/thirdbase, with Reed Johnson and Juan Francisco.
I think I’d rather have JUpton and Francisco/Chris Johnson than Prado and Francisco/Reed Johnson.
Remember the state of thirdbase around the majors is not all that good right now. So Francisco/Chris Johnson is not an absolute killer.
I do think it’s possible, with all the hype around this move, to overestimate what JUpton may provide over Prado. Frankly it may not be a huge upgrade over the next season or two. But the fact that Upton is a lot younger than Prado and the Braves traded Prado before he started making some money is significant.
This is such a bittersweet trade. I had been wanting this trade all along, but to have to give up Martin really hurts. They’re gonna love having him in AZ. What a great player? That guy gave his all every time he was on the field. Martin, you will be missed.
Delgado showed a lot of poise last year. I’m sure we’ll see him again. Hopefully he doesn’t go all Jason Schmidt on us.
I’m very excited to have Justin Upton. I always hated it when he came up when we played the D’Backs. He always seemed pretty clutch, and I hope he brings that to the Braves lineup.
How about the weird obsession Kirk Gibson has with so-called “gritty players”. What exactly defines a scrappy gritty player? The D backs will be gritty and scrappy all the way to 3rd place I guess. Gibson has no clue. He’s worse than Fredi. But Thank you for Upton.