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.
Personally, I think KT has some kind of behind the scenes discussion with Prado's agent before this deal and a long term deal will be worked out before opening day.
The Dbacks are playing to win. Prado will help them win. The Dbacks are a legit dark horse contender for a Wild Card spot.