Braves Acquire Justin Upton From Arizona to Play With Brother
The Atlanta Braves acquired All-Star outfielder Justin Upton in a seven-player trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks, teaming him with older brother B.J., who joined the club as a free agent two months ago.
The Braves also receive third baseman Chris Johnson from the Diamondbacks for infielder/outfielder Martin Prado, pitcher Randall Delgado and three minor leaguers -- pitcher Zeke Spruill and infielders Brandon Drury and Nick Ahmed.
Both teams announced the deal in separate statements.
Upton, 25, was the first pick in Major League Baseball’s 2005 draft and spent his first six seasons with the Diamondbacks. He hit .280 with 17 home runs, 67 runs batted in and 18 stolen bases last season. He finished fourth in the National League Most Valuable Player voting the previous year, when he hit .289 with 31 homers, 88 RBI and 21 steals in helping Arizona win the NL West division title.
In Atlanta, he’ll play the outfield alongside Jason Heyward and his 28-year-old brother, who signed a five-year contract in February that the Atlanta Journal Constitution said is worth $75.25 million.
The Uptons are the latest brothers to become major-league teammates, joining a group of almost 100 that includes Hank and Tommie Aaron; Felipe, Jesus and Matty Alou; Adam and Andy LaRoche; Joe and Phil Niekro; Cal and Billy Ripken; Bengie and Jose Molina; and Jeff and Jered Weaver.
Johnson, 28, had a .281 batting average with 15 home runs and 76 RBI in 136 games with Houston and Arizona last season.
Prado, 29, heads to the Diamondbacks after hitting .301 with 42 doubles, 10 home runs and 70 RBI in 156 games with the Braves in 2012. He led the National League with 60 multi-hit games, ranking fourth in hits and fifth in doubles, while playing five positions, including all four in the infield.
Delgado, 22, was rated by Baseball America as the Braves third-ranked prospect in both 2011 and 2012. He had a 4-9 record with a 4.37 earned run average in 18 games, including 17 starts, for Atlanta last season.
Spruill, 23, pitched at the Double-A level with the Braves’ organization last season and went 9-11 with a 3.67 ERA.
Ahmed, a 22-year-old shortstop, and Drury, 20, both played at the Class-A level last season. Ahmed hit .269 with six home runs, 49 RBI and 40 stolen bases in 130 games, while Drury batted .229 with six home runs and 51 RBI in 123 games.
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