Martin Prado was a very popular Atlanta Brave. The quiet man was a consumate team player, was hard as nails, and played with grit and determination.
While Justin Upton is considered an excellent acquisition, many Braves’ fans are very unhappy to see Prado leave. It was bad enough when the trade was announced, but the recent news on Prado’s contract extension with the Diamondbacks is a kick to a fractured leg.
Prado, who was an all-star at second base, will receive $40 million over the next four years from Arizona. That averages out to $10 million/year.
Reports in the media, from those close to the situation, indicated that the Braves were not too crazy about re-upping Prado to a long term deal due to the amount of money he would receive.
Dan Uggla, the Braves current second baseman, and resident roller coaster, will make $39 million for the next 3 years. That averages out to $13 million per year.
Martin Prado is 29, Dan Uggla will be 33 when the 2013 season starts.