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Fredi reflects on talk leading up to trading Delgado

Fredi reflects on talk leading up to trading Delgado


ATLANTA -- The irony of the impending pitching matchup was not lost on Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez during his pregame meeting with the media before Friday night's game.

D-backs starter Randall Delgado, a former Braves prospect, was one of the key pieces in the trade that brought Justin Upton and Chris Johnson to Atlanta this past offseason. In return, the Braves tabbed Julio Teheran, another former prized prospect who has found a measure of consistency as a member of the Atlanta rotation all season.

As the teams discussed a possible deal involving Upton, both pitchers were mentioned as possible compensation before Arizona ultimately accepted Delgado and three other Minor Leaguers in addition to third baseman Martin Prado.

"We had to pick from one or the other, or maybe they had to pick from one or the other, and here they are, pitching against each other," Gonzalez said. "It wasn't like I called Kirk [Gibson] and said, 'I'm pitching [Teheran] on Friday, would you pitch Delgado Friday?' We'll see. I'm sure there's going to be a little competitive stuff in there."

Eric Single is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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