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Justin Upton | Outfielder

Team: San Diego Padres
Age / DOB:  (27) / 8/25/1987
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 204
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
Contract: view contract details

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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

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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'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'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'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.
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's Brittany Ghiroli Monday that he has not talked to the Braves about Justin Upton.'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

Mark Bowman of writes that the Orioles, Rangers, and Padres continue to show interest in a trade for Braves outfielder Justin Upton.

However, Joel Sherman of the New York Post wrote Monday morning that the Braves have yet to hear a satisfactory offer. The Indians have also been mentioned as a possibility, but they are likely out after acquiring Brandon Moss from the A's on Monday. Upton is owed $14.5 million next season before hitting free agency.
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 03:50:00 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Braves have still not heard a deal they like for outfielder Justin Upton.

The Braves are prioritizing starting pitching and second base in a potential return package, but they haven't heard the right offer yet. Sherman hears that the Royals, Rangers, Padres, and Indians all remain interested. The Orioles have also been mentioned as a possibility in recent days.
Mon, Dec 8, 2014 10:44:00 AM

FOX Sports' Jon Morosi reports that the Orioles, Rangers and Padres are among the teams still involved in trade talks for Justin Upton.

Noticeably absent from the list are the Mariners, who have long been listed as a potential landing spot. Of course, Morosi didn't explicitly say the M's or other clubs were no longer involved. But, it could be that the teams he does list are now the favorites to land the outfielder. Upton will almost surely be traded following the Braves' signing of Nick Markakis.
Thu, Dec 4, 2014 10:11:00 PM

The Braves are still fielding "good" offers on Justin Upton and will likely deal the outfielder at the winter meetings, according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post.

With Nelson Cruz and, now, Nick Markakis off the free agent market, those offers only figure to get better, Sherman said. The presence of Markakis in Atlanta is another signal that Upton's time may be short -- while he plays right field to Upton's left, the Braves now have a surplus of starting-quality corner outfielders. The Mariners are one team in search of an outfielder that may have the pitching the Braves are seeking.
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 08:43:00 PM

David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution hears that "there have not been any recent trade discussions" between the Braves and Athletics.

John Hickey of the Bay Area News Group reported Friday that the A's have been talking to the Braves about Justin Upton and Evan Gattis, with Jeff Samardzija perhaps being used as bait. However, he then said Saturday that Samardzija would not be going to Atlanta, and that, combined with O'Brien's report, makes it look like the two sides probably aren't potential trade partners after all.
Sun, Nov 30, 2014 08:58:00 AM

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