Arizona Diamondbacks trade Prado and Parra

The Arizona Diamondbacks traded third baseman Martin Prado to the New York Yankees for prospect Peter O’Brien according to ┬áreports by Jack Curry of the YES Network and Steve Gilbert of

Prado was the key player acquired by the Diamondbacks in the infamous Justin Upton trade in 2013. The Diamondbacks also acquired Nick Ahmed, Randall Delgado, Zeke Spruill, and Brandon Drury in the trade.

The Yankees are getting a versatile player with a league average bat. Prado’s career OPS+ is 107, just a hair above league average. According to Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, Prado will be patrolling left field for the Yankees. The Yankees have the lowest OPS in the American League from the right field position in 2014. While Prado’s bat is average, he is a better hitter than the guys Joe Girardi has played in right field.

The concern many scouts have is about Prado’s defense in right field. He is an excellent defender at third base and an above average defensive left fielder. There is not a lot of ground to cover in right field at Yankee Stadium so he should be able to be an adequate defender.

In return the Diamondbacks get a power hitting catcher. O’Brien is a 24-year-old out of Bethune-Cookman. His power numbers in the minor leagues are eye-opening. His career slugging percentage is .533 and he has 23 home runs this season in just 72 games.

Kevin Towers said that a catcher was the teams’ second priority at the trade deadline. O’Brien is listed as a catcher but has played a variety of positions in 2014. He has played the majority of games at first base. Miguel Montero is signed until 2018 so the Diamondbacks are not looking for an everyday major league catcher. But backup catcher has been a weak spot for the team. They currently have two backup catchers Tuffy Gosewisch and Jordan Pacheco, but they use Pacheco as an infielder primarily. They hope O’Brien can be a quality backup for Montero in the future.

The Diamondbacks also dealt veteran outfielder Gerardo Parra to the Milwaukee Brewers for outfielder Mitch Haniger and left handed pitcher Anthony Banda. The deal was first reported by John Gambadoro of KTAR.

I wrote Sunday that Parra needed to be traded to get more at bats for David Peralta. Parra’s offensive numbers have always been a hair below average and he covers less ground in right field than he ever has. But his arm is still excellent and will be a nice platoon player for the Brewers as they compete for a playoff spot in the National League.

Haniger was the sixth ranked prospect in the Brewers organization. His offensive numbers have declined as he has climbed the minor league ranks. His arm is outstanding though. He has 9 outfield assists in 2014 in just 67 games.

Banda was having a solid year on the mound in Single A. His ERA has dropped to 3.66 he strikes a lot of guys out. He is just 20 years old and walks a lot of hitters so don’t expect to see him pitching at Chase Field any time soon.

The Diamondbacks dumped two veterans and cut a lot of salary dumping Prado. It was surprising to see none of the bullpen arms traded. It’s very likely that Oliver Perez will clear waivers and a contending team could pick him up. He has a 1.92 ERA and is striking out over 10 hitters per 9 innings.