The Atlanta Braves had just finalized the acquisition of Arizona Diamondback right fielder Justin Upton as well as the addition of third baseman Chris Johnson for pitcher Randall Delgado, infielder Martin Prado and minor league prospects Nick Ahmed, Brandon Drury and Zeke Spruill. ESPN reported on Jan. 24, 2013, that the deal has been agreed and the players will be officially on their way to their respected new teams.
Atlanta just recently signed Justin Upton's brother, B.J. Upton over the winter and the Braves now has an entire family of new additions to their outfield. Last season Upton hit .280 for the Diamond backs with 17 home runs and 67 runs batted in.
Young Upton was considered one of Major League Baseball's brightest young talents in 2011 when he finished fourth in the National League MVP voting, but a poor 2012 saw his owner Ken Kendrick turn on him with a public show of no support in a radio interview.
With the deal now complete the Braves will look on it as a great success and the potential for the 25-year-old to get back to his best is astounding. Atlanta are believed to have beaten the Baltimore Orioles to the deal and it will look to be the most significant trade in the month of January to his point as the countdown to Spring Training is already underway.
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