Martin Prado, Arizona Diamondbacks Lock 4-year Deal
PHOENIX -- When he heard he'd been traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks, Martin Prado said he was surprised.
It obviously did not take him long to decide it was a good move, as he quickly signed a four-year, $40 million deal. The contract was agreed upon late last week, but the details were finalized this week and announced Thursday.
Prado was acquired by the D-backs on Jan. 24 in a seven-player trade with the Braves that included outfielder Justin Upton going to Atlanta.
Prado made $4.75 million last year with the Braves and was eligible for salary arbitration this year and free agency following the season.
The deal will pay Prado $7 million in 2013 and $11 million per season from 2014-16. Upton had three years and $38.5 million remaining on his contract.
Rather than feeling pressure to perform, Prado thinks the new deal will have the opposite effect, since he no longer has to concern himself with arbitration, as he did the past three seasons.
"Since I got to the big leagues, I've been looking for security -- to be in the right spot and not have to worry about going to free agency," Prado said. "The way I am right now, I'm happy. I'm going to play more relaxed. I think we made a good deal. I made a good decision and I am happy."
The D-backs have drawn some criticism from people who think they did not get enough in return for the talented Upton, but that didn't faze general manager Kevin Towers or Prado...
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Woah, this is a shocker.. I wasn't expecting the Braves to trade Prado.
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