The Atlanta Braves may still have a potential trade partner in the San Diego Padres when it comes to offloading outfielder Justin Upton, regardless of the Padres' recent trade acquisition of former Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp.
According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com, the Padres could be looking to team up Kemp and Upton in the outfield come Opening Day of the 2015 MLB season:
The #Padres remain one of the clubs pursuing J-Up. I wouldn't be shocked if J-Up and Kemp are together in San Diego next year.
— Mark Bowman (@mlbbowman) December 12, 2014
San Diego Padres general manager A.J. Preller has been extremely aggressive on the trade market when it comes to the pursuit of impact bats, and Upton should be no different.
However, it is unclear as of this moment whether the Padres would be willing to also take third baseman Chris Johnson on in a trade for Upton, as the Braves have been packaging Johnson in hypothetical trade scenarios since the middle of the 2014 MLB winter meetings.