The San Diego Padres continue to make a splash in the offseason by acquiring power-hitting outfielder Justin Upton from the Atlanta Braves.
Upton is coming off a 2014 season in which he hit .270, 29 homeruns and had a career-high in RBI with 102. He is in the last year of his contract, so the Padres only control him until the end of the 2015 season, when he will become a free agent.
Upton’s addition comes just hours after the Padres made the official announcement of a trade that will bring slugger Matt Kemp. In addition, San Diego also finalized a trade for the 2013 rookie of the year, Wil Myers.
Kemp finished the 2014 season with a .287 batting average, 25 homeruns and 89 RBI. Myers only played in 87 games with the Tampa Bay Rays last season due to some injuries. He hit .222 with six homeruns and 35 RBI.
These moves will restructure the entire outfield from last season. Will Venable, Seth Smith and Cameron Maybin played in the outfield for most of last year, and they are still around. Now the Padres have some decisions to make.
Besides rebuilding their whole outfield, the Padres also traded for Red Sox’ third baseman, Will Middlebrooks, who battled some injuries in 2014 and was replaced by Pablo Sandoval via a trade with the San Francisco Giants earlier this offseason.
It will be an interesting next few months for the Padres as they straighten everything out, figure out who will play where, who will stay, who will go and what they’ll do in the future. Through all these trades, they have lost many of their young prospects, in a farm system that wasn’t so strong to begin with.