Man, this was an interesting trade from a lot of different angles for us. Maybe my short term memory sucks but I don't recall hearing or reading about Wren engaging in serious extension talks with Prado. If that's true and talks broke down there (and once again, we saw them headed for arbitration over $400K), then this was the right move. Kept all the real stud prospects, so it's a great deal for us.
I've mentioned this before, but the main thing that sucks about losing Prado is now we don't have insurance for when Uggla falls into another one of his extended periods of being terrible/benched. I didn't want any additional pressure on Dan and McCann becoming productive players again. But it might take some pressure off the young guys like Heyward and Freeman to assume that "face of the franchise" void left by CJ's retirement so they can just play ball, because everyone's gonna focus on the Uptons. (Also, someone on twitter suggested signing Kelly Johnson as Dan's backup, and I might be in favor of that now with all this money saved.)
I know certain segments of this fan base view Prado differently, but we all can agree he did everything we asked of him and more when other guys got hurt or flat out weren't getting it done. He was a big part of the rebirth of the team over the last 4-5 years, and deserves a good ovation whenever he comes back to TF.