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10 Storylines to Watch in Spring Training

Was Diamondbacks' Upton Trade Wise?

When Justin Upton signed his six-year contract extension with Arizona in 2010, Josh Byrnes was the general manager and A.J. Hinch the field manager. Kevin Towers and Kirk Gibson hold those jobs now, and their personality dissonance with the team’s star player had become an open secret within baseball circles. So now Upton is an Atlanta Brave, and the Diamondbacks plan to deploy an outfield of veteran grinders Cody Ross and Jason Kubel with younger sparkplugs Gerardo Parra and Adam Eaton. The reliable Martin Prado, obtained in the Upton deal, will become a fixture at third base. For now, trading Upton looks like a big gamble.

(AP Photo/Paul Connors)



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