The San Diego Padres added another piece to their complete starting lineup makeover on Friday morning, acquiring slugging left fielder Justin Upton from the Atlanta Braves, per sources cited by ESPN's Buster Olney and Jerry Crasnick.
Per an AP source cited by the San Diego City and Press, "the Braves will receive a group of prospects. Among the players discussed were left-hander Max Fried, shortstop Jace Peterson and third baseman Dustin Peterson."
Upton will join a star-studded Padres outfield that now officially includes Matt Kemp, whose trade from the Los Angeles Dodgers was officially finalized on Thursday night. Kemp's acquisition was the first salvo in a complete overhaul by new Padres general manager A.J. Preller, who has also acquired outfielder Wil Myers, the 2013 American League Rookie of the Year, from Tampa Bay and 2014 All-Star catcher Derek Norris from the Oakland Athletics.
With 29 home runs and 102 RBIs for a less-than-potent Braves offense last season, Upton firmed up his spot as one of the premier power hitters in the game. He has one year and $14.5 million left on his current deal, with no talks of an extension having surfaced as of yet.
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