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Diamondbacks Reaping Benefits of the Justin Upton Deal

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Sep 4, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres left fielder Justin Upton (10) reacts after missing a pitch during the third inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

With the Arizona Diamondbacks playing the San Diego Padres this weekend, I felt it was time (and I mean the final time) to look at the trade of Justin Upton. The deal was loved by some and detested by others but it is now almost three full seasons since the one-time marquee player of the D-backs last suited up for Sedona Red. It is interesting to note that the two general managers involved, Kevin Towers from Arizona and Frank Wren from the Atlanta Braves, are no longer in their respective positions.

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There were a total of seven players that changed addresses with the Snakes obtaining five and the Braves receiving Upton and third baseman Chris Johnson. While Johnson did go on to have a solid year in 2013 hitting .321, he was considered more or less a thrown in. Zeke Spruill pitched in 12 games for the D-backs over two seasons before being dealt to the Boston Red Sox. The other four that came to the desert have had a direct impact on the D-backs in 2015 and will continue to do so in future years. Although the trade looked lopsided in the Braves’ favor at the time, the D-backs are finally seeing the dividends pay off.

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