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Braves trade Justin Upton to Padres

The Braves have traded outfielder Justin Upton to the Padres for a package of prospects.

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The Atlanta Braves have traded outfielder Justin Upton to the San Diego Padres for a package of prospects.  The 27-year-old has spent the last two years with the Braves after being traded to Atlanta by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2013.

Most recently, Upton hit .270/.342/.491 with a 133 wRC+, which was not far off from his career line of .274/.354/.460 and a 126 wRC+. With the Padres, he joins an outfield that has been reworked via trade with the acquisitions of Matt Kemp from the Dodgers and Wil Myers from the Rays. Upton is signed for one more season before he will become a free agent.

In return, the Braves will receive a few prospects: left-handed pitcher Max Fried, shortstop Jace Peterson, third baseman Dustin Peterson, and outfielder Mallex Smith. This is the second big name outfielder the Braves have shipped out this offseason, as they dealt right fielder Jason Heyward was to the Cardinals a few weeks ago.