published Thursday, January 24th, 2013

Arizona sends Justin Upton to Braves in 7-player deal

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    Arizona Diamondbacks' Justin Upton waits to bat against the Colorado Rockies during a baseball game in Phoenix.
    Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

PHOENIX — Arizona has traded outfielder Justin Upton to the Atlanta Braves in a seven-player deal that sends former All-Star infielder Martin Prado to the Diamondbacks.

The Braves also get third baseman Chris Johnson. Atlanta is giving up four minor leaguers in the deal, including top pitching prospect Randy Delgado. The other minor leaguers headed to Arizona are right-hander Zeke Spruill, shortstop Nick Ahmed and first baseman Brandon Drury. Prado, projected to play third base for the Diamondbacks, can become a free agent after this season.

Upton, who has five-plus major league seasons but still is just 25 years old, will join older brother B.J. Upton, who recently signed a free agent contract with Atlanta.

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