Legends On Deck

Padres Trade For Justin Upton

The San Diego Padres are showing everyone in the world of baseball two things.  The first is that they are making themselves serious contenders, and second they aren’t finished yet.  They have been one of the busiest teams this offseason, mainly the last two days, but are putting themselves in position to compete in 2015.

San Diego shipped four players to the Braves in exchange for Justin Upton and a lower-level minor league player.  Upton now joins a San Diego outfield that already boasts newly acquired Matt Kemp and Wil Myers.  Upton, 27, played in 154 games for the Braves in 2014, hitting .270 with 29 home runs and 102 RBI.  He has hit 20+ home runs four times so far in his career, hitting 31 in 2011.  He adds more firepower to the “new” Padres who are really looking like serious contenders in 2015.

Heading to Atlanta in the trade are left-handed pitcher Max Fried, infielder Jace Peterson, third baseman Dustin Peterson, and outfielder Mallex Smith.

It was rumored that Upton was on the move this winter but I have to say that I am a bit surprised that the Padres pulled this off all while not losing a major league player and keeping their top prospects.


John Ginder

One Comment

  1. Rik

    December 19, 2014 at 12:08 PM

    Gotta hand it to the Padres: they got a guy who’s not only uninjured (as opposed to the other 4 they’ve added) but is a rock solid sabermetric performer. He’s the proud owner of a lifetime .830 OPS & 121 OPS+. A 3.3 WAR last season, and an inflated BABIP at .332 which is also his lifetime BABIP.

    That BABPIP is a sneaky stat. It would appear at first glance that The Better Upton is lucky. But look at it over his career. Its CONSISTENTLY high. That’s not luck. That’s power. He doesn’t just dink a ball on the ground through The D or flare them to where opposing players aint. This guy is driving that ball like a thief drives a Lexus: all production reflects power and bad intentions. Fielders have the devil’s own time getting their hands on a ball Justin Upton hits, even if its on the ground and normally within their range. That kind of hitting is only exposed vs superior defensive players. So your Andrelton Simmons/Mike Trout level fielder has a chance at a diving stop, but not a great many others. His age, too: he’s 27. MLB players peak at age 29 on average and will enjoy production near that peak until around age 32. He’s actually going to get better.

    Honestly, The Padres did this right in every way.

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