Best Offseason Move: Trading for Justin Upton
The Atlanta Braves already had one Upton on the books when they opted to trade for the other.
With B.J. signed to a deal to roam center field for the next five seasons, the Braves weren't content with just one family member.
They dealt the popular Martin Prado to the Arizona Diamondbacks for younger brother Justin, also picking up third baseman Chris Johnson in the process.
Justin gives the Braves a formidable trio in the outfield along with brother B.J. and Jason Heyward. Part of that outfield promise was seen during Monday's exhibition game with the Miami Marlins on Monday.
In the fourth inning, Heyward led off the inning with a solo home run to right field. Justin Upton followed up with a mammoth shot to left field that traveled an estimated 450 feet-plus.
Two batters later, older brother B.J. Upton nearly matched him, hitting a drive to the base of the left field wall for a double. He followed up with a steal of third base.
The combination of power and speed gave fans an idea of what to expect from their dynamic young outfield.
Worst Offseason Move: Trading Away Martin Prado
While acquiring Upton was a terrific move for the Braves, it also hurt to sacrifice popular left fielder Martin Prado.
The Braves lost a true leader in the clubhouse and a solid No. 2 hitter. While he would have been an expensive proposition next season for the Braves as a free agent, Prado was one of the most widely respected players for his example on the field and his talent.
As the saying goes, to get something you have to give up something in return. Prado was the sacrifice, and his leadership and abilities will be sorely missed in Atlanta.