ATHLETIC VOICE: Diamondbacks, Braves making changes

By ROSE VALENZUELA

Major League Baseball teams are making drastic changes for the upcoming 2013 season.

For example, the Arizona Diamondbacks traded outfielder Justin Upton and third baseman Chris Johnson to the Atlanta Braves.

The Diamondbacks will have All-Star infielder Martin Prado as part as their team.

Atlanta gave up some of its most talented minor-league players in the seven-player deal, including top pitching prospect Randy Delgado.

The other minor league players who will be part of the Diamondbacks organization are right-handed starter Zeke Spruill, shortstop Nick Ahmed and third basemen Brandon Drury.

Upton will join his older brother B.J. Upton, who signed a five-year deal this winter with the Braves.

Justin has been one of the favorite D-backs for a while, and this trade has driven his Arizona fans up the wall.

He will definitely be missed in Arizona, but what is better than watching two extraordinary players who are siblings play together? Probably not a lot of things for baseball fans out there.

Justin’s excellent performance helped Arizona in different ways, and his absence will make a difference.

On the other hand, Prado is projected to play third base for the Diamondbacks. He will be a key piece and can play both second base and a corner outfield spot.

Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall tweeted that the team wants to sign Prado to a long-term deal. He said that Prado is someone they want in their lineup.

The trade leaves Arizona with three experienced outfielders — Jason Kubel, Gerardo Parra and Cody Ross.

Ross was signed as a free agent last month.

The deal impacts and changes everything for the Diamondbacks and the Braves this upcoming season.

Atlanta has big plans, and they are thinking outside the box to make things happen in 2013.

The Braves’ plans only keep proving to the world that they are still one of the smartest baseball organizations out there.

As far as the Diamondbacks go, they will have to make things happen before the season starts.

They do not have all the time in the world before the season begins, so the other changes they plan to make have to happen soon.

This year’s MLB season will be an interesting one for sure.

 Athletic Voice

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