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Justin Upton | Outfielder

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (27) / 8/25/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Justin Upton's third Cactus League home run powered the Padres to a 6-4 victory over the Mariners on Tuesday.
Upton victimized Mariners starter J.A. Happ for a two-run shot in the third inning, proving to be the game-winner. Upton also doubled, finishing the day 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored. He's acclimating himself well to his new club, hitting .324 with three bombs and five RBI to date. Mar 24 - 10:01 PM

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Justin Upton (illness) could return to game action Monday after going through on-field drills and batting practice Sunday.

Upton has been slowed by the flu the last couple days, but it's no big deal. The outfielder will earn $14.5 million this season before hitting free agency next winter.
Mar 8 - 12:45 PM

Justin Upton (illness) could return to the Padres starting lineup on Sunday.

Upton was scratched from Friday's lineup due to flu-like symptoms. With plenty of Cactus League contests remaining, he'll have no difficulty getting ready in time for Opening Day.
Mar 7 - 1:04 PM

Justin Upton was scratched from Friday's lineup due to flu-like symptoms.

He'll return to action in a day or two. Rymer Liriano has taken Upton's spot in left field Friday.
Mar 6 - 11:57 AM

Justin Upton went 1-for-3 with a solo home run to begin Cactus League action on Wednesday.

That's one way to kick things off with a new team. Upton homered in the seventh inning against Forrest Snow, which is a little less impressive. With Upton as well as Matt Kemp and Wil Myers, the Padres revamped their entire outfield and Upton is expected to put up big numbers once again. He bashed 29 home runs with 102 RBI last season with the Braves.
Mar 4 - 6:32 PM

Justin Upton's agent, Larry Reynolds, said in an interview on SiriusXM Sunday that his client is open to a contract extension with the Padres.

Upton is not, however, willing to negotiate a deal in-season, which is pretty common among impending free agents. Whether the Padres have any real interest or would be capable of locking Upton up remains to be seen. If they don't extend the outfielder, they can make him a qualifying offer next winter and pick up a draft pick.
Sun, Dec 21, 2014 01:07:00 PM

Padres acquired OF Justin Upton and RHP Aaron Northcraft from the Braves in exchange for LHP Max Fried, INF Jace Peterson, 3B Dustin Peterson, OF Mallex Smith and the fourth international bonus pool slot.

The deal, which was reported early Friday morning, has now been made official. Upton is coming off a season in which he batted .270/.342/.491 with 29 homers and 102 RBI for the Braves. With the addition of him, Matt Kemp, Wil Myers, Derek Norris and Will Middlebrooks, the Padres have completely re-tooled their lineup.
Fri, Dec 19, 2014 04:55:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Padres will acquire Justin Upton from the Braves.

A.J. Preller has struck again. The Padres general manager planned to add offense over the winter and has now traded for Matt Kemp, Wil Myers, Justin Upton and Derek Norris within the span of a few weeks. CBS Sports' Jon Heyman says the Padres will also receive a low-level prospect, with the Braves getting Max Fried, Jace Peterson, Dustin Peterson and Mallex Smith. Fried underwent Tommy John surgery in August but was one of the game's top pitching prospects before blowing out his elbow.
Fri, Dec 19, 2014 09:43:00 AM

Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan reports that the Braves are "finishing up" a trade involving Justin Upton.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal say it won't be the Rangers or A's, while both Rosenthal and MLB.com's Mark Bowman say the Padres cannot be ruled out as a possible landing spot. The Mariners have also been connected to Upton. It sounds like the deal is likely to be completed at some point on Friday. Upton will be a free agent after the 2015 season.
Fri, Dec 19, 2014 08:48:00 AM

MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports that the Braves are looking to package Chris Johnson with Justin Upton or Evan Gattis in possible trade scenarios.

A week ago, the Padres were a team that Bowman cited as being interested in Justin Upton. With their near-trades for Matt Kemp and Wil Myers, it appears unlikely that they would still be in the market for the outfielder. Bowman wrote that the Braves were holding court with five other teams. It would be palatable for the team if they could package Johnson or Gattis in with Upton, though it would obviously be tougher for them to complete a trade if they were attaching extra weight to the deal. The Braves are also reportedly looking to deal B.J. Upton.
Wed, Dec 17, 2014 02:46:00 PM

MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports that the Padres remain one of the team's pursuing Justin Upton.

The Pads are on the verge of acquiring Matt Kemp, but it appears they might not be done looking for offense. For what it's worth, Bowman adds that he "wouldn't be shocked" to see Kemp and Upton in the same outfield next season. The Giants, Rangers, Orioles and Royals are other teams known to have interest in Upton.
Fri, Dec 12, 2014 12:36:00 PM

Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that the Royals are interested in Justin Upton and Evan Gattis of the Braves.

However, the are understandably reluctant to give up Yordano Ventura or Danny Duffy, so a deal appears unlikely. The Royals might have to aim lower via trades or free agency.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 02:35:00 PM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Giants are discussing a trade with the Braves involving Justin Upton and Chris Johnson.

Nightengale cautions, however, that "neither club was overly optimistic a deal can be finalized." The deal is a fit for the Giants since they have a hole both in left field and at third base, but Nightengale says the Braves aren't sure the Giants have the prospects needed to make a trade work. Upton has drawn trade interest from a host of clubs this offseason.
Source: USAToday.com
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 08:08:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Blue Jays, Indians, Brewers, and Cubs are on Justin Upton's no-trade list.

Players often include certain teams on their no-trade list as leverage, but it's worth noting that the Mariners were listed two years ago and Upton exercised his right to turn down a potential deal. The Indians have reportedly expressed interest in a trade for Upton this offseason, so it's something to keep in mind.
Tue, Dec 9, 2014 05:08:00 PM

Orioles president of baseball operations Dan Duquette told MLB.com's Brittany Ghiroli Monday that he has not talked to the Braves about Justin Upton.

MLB.com's Mark Bowman earlier Monday listed the O's as one of the teams showing interest in Upton, but Duquette just threw a wet blanket on the idea. The O's are in the market for outfield help and could come away with someone before the end of the Winter Meetings, but it doesn't sound like it will be Upton.
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 06:23:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Derek Norris
2Wil Nieves
3Tim Federowicz
1B1Yonder Alonso
2Tommy Medica
3Jake Goebbert
4Brett Wallace
2B1Jedd Gyorko
2Ramiro Pena
SS1Alexi Amarista
2Clint Barmes
3B1Will Middlebrooks
2Yangervis Solarte
3Cory Spangenberg
4Josh Bell
LF1Justin Upton
2Carlos Quentin
CF1Wil Myers
2Cameron Maybin
3Abraham Almonte
4Trayvon Robinson
RF1Matt Kemp
2Will Venable
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1James Shields
2Andrew Cashner
3Ian Kennedy
4Tyson Ross
5Odrisamer Despaigne
6Brandon Morrow
7Josh Johnson
8Cory Luebke
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Joaquin Benoit
2Kevin Quackenbush
3Shawn Kelley
4Dale Thayer
5Brandon Maurer
6Nick Vincent
7Alex Torres
8Marcos Mateo
9Jose Valverde
10Frank Garces
11Jason Lane
12Chris Rearick
13Jandel Gustave