Montana168 wrote:Reminds me of the deal that sent James Shields to KC. That deal was heavily lopsided in favor of TB, and KC received a solid vet, but they are unlikely to contend this year so didn't make sense.
Similarly here, the Dbacks gave up a young Justin Upton for a solid vet in Prado but they are unlikely to contend so didn't make sense really.
Although I really think this deal was made in anticipation of another move: moving Prado at the deadline. If the Dbacks are out of contention at the trade deadline, I'd be shocked if Martin Prado was still wearing a Dbacks uniform at the end of the year. Makes sense to lock him up to a long term deal now so that when you trade him, the acquiring team is not just acquiring a rental player. So the D-backs shipped Upton for the best deal they could find, and got back a solid vet that should yield them a decent batch of prospects at the deadline. Prado would be a perfect fit for a team like the Dodgers (3b) or Cards (2b) or Angels (3b) at the deadline.
IMO not quite the same ballpark as the KC trade. Maybe it is my biased opinion since I am a Royals fan and one of the few it seems that was ok with the deal. But KC gave up a top prospect who has done nothing in the majors. The Diamondbacks gave up a guy who was 5th in MVP voting in 2011 and had a very solid but unspectacular year last year. I also think Shields has more value especially with KC as they had little to no SP and they get Shields for two years instead of Prado for 1. At some point it might look bad for KC but if Myers turns into any number of failed prospects or any number of prospects that took much longer to produce than was originally expected, I don't think the deal will look bad for KC.
It already looks bad for the DBacks.