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Reports: Atlanta Braves acquire Justin Upton from Arizona Diamondbacks

Justin Upton of the Arizona Diamondbacks warms up

Justin Upton of the Arizona Diamondbacks warms up on deck during a game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Chase Field. (July 7, 2012) Credit: Getty Images

The Braves now have both Upton brothers patrolling their outfield.

Atlanta acquired slugging -- but oftentimes frustrating -- corner outfielder Justin Upton and third baseman Chris Johnson from the Arizona Diamondbacks, according to multiple reports. Atlanta signed free agent centerfielder B.J. Upton, Justin's older brother, earlier in the offseason.

The Braves will send third baseman/left fielder Martin Prado, pitcher Randall Delgado and three prospects to Arizona.

The move clears the way for Arizona to use promising outfielder Adam Eaton in their lineup. Unless Upton or Jason Kubel were traded, Eaton, who will likely fill the leadoff spot, was probably ticketed for Triple-A. Atlanta was rumored to be in on Upton for weeks, but the inclusion of Prado is somewhat surprising, given that he was widely expected to be Chipper Jones' replacement at third base. Now Johnson, a 27 year old who hit .281 with 15 home runs last season between Houston and Arizona, will have the unenviable task of taking over for an icon.

Upton, 24, is a career .278 hitter with an .832 OPS. Though he's ultra-talented, he's often struggled to find consistent success or blossom into the superstar many predicted he would become. After posting a career-high 31 home runs in 2011, he slumped to just 17 in 2012.

Prado is a career .295 hitter and is eligible for free agency after the 2013 season. Delgado, 22, is 5-10 with a 3.95 ERA in 25 career games (24 starts). He could slot into the fifth spot of the Diamondbacks' rotation or serve as minor league depth.


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