Dec 19 7:10a
Upton was traded to the Padres on Friday in exchange for four prospects, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.
New general manager A.J. Preller has been quite busy throughout the offseason stocking up on hitting talent for the offensively-challenged Padres, and he may have gotten his biggest catch yet in Upton, who joins a retooled outfield that now includes Matt Kemp and Wil Myers. The move to Petco Park figures to result in a downgrade in power production for Upton, but his presence in the middle of the order -- along with the Padres' other aforementioned outfielders -- gives the lineup some legitimate bite. He will become a free agent after the 2015 season, however, so he could just be a rental player for the Padres in their attempt to return to the postseason for the first time since 2006.