Martin Prado a Perfect Fit for Arizona Diamondbacks

Jonathan IrwinContributor IIJanuary 24, 2013

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 29:  Left fielder Martin Prado #14 of the Atlanta Braves connects for a double during the game against the New York Mets at Turner Field on September 29, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images)
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As reported by ESPN, after years of trying, the Arizona Diamondbacks have finally done the inevitable and traded Justin Upton to the Atlanta Braves.

In return the D-Backs will be acquiring prospects Randall Delgado, Nick Ahmed, Zeke Spruill and Brandon Drury, as well as major leaguer Martin Prado.

The Braves will also be getting third baseman Chris Johnson from Arizona.

While the the plethora of prospects is good for the future, the big piece in all of this is Prado, who will have an immediate impact in Arizona.

The right-handed Prado has spent seven seasons with the Braves. In that time he has played all over the diamond, but will most likely settle down at third base in Arizona.

At first glance, Prado isn't anything amazing. He's not a guy who excels in one area. He has never had more than 15 home runs in a season, nor has he ever stolen more than 17 bases.

Instead of excelling in one area, Prado is sufficient with all his tools.

He has a solid combination of speed and power, and should be a 15-20 player in his prime. The 28-year-old has a solid glove as well, compiling a 17.8 UZR last season between five different positions.

But none of these reasons is what's going to make Prado a perfect fit for the Arizona lineup.

The thing that's going to make him so good is that he is an ideal leadoff man, and that's something Arizona desperately needs.

Last season the D-Backs most-used leadoff man was Willie Bloomquist, who had a whopping .325 OBP.

Before landing Prado there was no other strong candidate for the No. 1 spot in the lineup—unless of course you think Didi Gregorius really is the next Jeter.

Prado has spent the majority of his career hitting at the top of the order for Atlanta. He owns a career .345 OBP, and he topped .350 in 2010 and 2012—his best seasons with the Braves.

Prado is solid at setting the table, and he has averaged 82 runs scored a season over the last three years.

While the acquisition of Michael Bourn allowed the Braves to move Prado to the two-hole, it doesn't mean he can't be a leadoff man. In 139 career games leading off, he has produced an .809 OPS.

The only down side to all of this is that Prado will be a free agent after the 2013 season. If he leaves then it will be a huge blow to the value of this trade.

But NBC Sports is reporting that the D-Backs expect to sign Prado to a long-term deal, and it was reportedly the "only way" a deal was made.

If Kevin Towers does in fact get an extension completed than this trade will be a success for Arizona.

Martin Prado is a solid major leaguer and just what the D-Backs needed. He's versatile, has a great glove, can do a little bit of everything with the bat and will be a solid leadoff man.

And that's why he will be a perfect fit in Arizona.