To say the least, the Padres’ outfield looks different than it did about a week ago.
According to Ken Rosenthal, the San Diego Padres have acquired Justin Upton from the Atlanta Braves. The Atlanta Braves will receive (all prospects) LHP Max Fried, Jace Peterson, Dustin Peterson and Mallex Smith.
Justin Upton was traded to Atlanta from the Arizona Diamondbacks and truly came into his own in Atlanta. Last season, he won a silver slugger, batting .270/.342/.491 with 29 home runs and 102 RBI. Over his career playing at Petco Park in San Diego, he has hit .291/.359/.541 with ten home runs and 19 RBI.
This adds to the Padres’ already incredibly busy offseason, after adding the likes of outfielder Matt Kemp, outfielder Wil Myers, catcher Derek Norris and adding to their rotation with Josh Johnson and Brandon Morrow.
In return, Atlanta got a top prospect from San Diego, Max Fried, who was ranked as the 55th best in baseball (per Baseball America). He barely pitched this year, however, as his season ended early due to Tommy John Surgery. Atlanta also got Jace Peterson, a first round draft pick who has logged a few hours in the major leagues, Dustin Peterson and Mallex Smith.
This adds on to the Braves also very busy offseason, after signing Nick Markakis and dealing Jason Heyward.
Upton is a career .274/.354/.476 (121 OPS+) hitter with 164 home runs and 535 RBI.