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10 Justin Upton LF
Height/Weight: 6-2/205 | Birthdate: 8/25/1987 | Birthplace: Norfolk, VA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: San Diego | College: No College | MLB Experience: 8 | Salary: $9,750,000 | Owned/Started%: 99/95 | Average Draft Position: 76.14
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Padres want to keep Justin Upton past this season


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2015) The Padres traded for outfielder Justin Upton, who is entering the final year of his six-year, $51.25 million contract.

The team isn't looking at Upton as a high-priced rental, however. The Padres would like to keep him long-term. 

"We made a big trade for him, and when you do something like that, you always hope you can work something out long term and do something together," GM A.J. Preller told MLB.com's Barry Bloom. "That's why we acquired him. You always want guys like that on your team."


Padres' Justin Upton (illness) back in lineup Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Padres outfielder Justin Upton is serving as the team's designated hitter Monday and batting third in his team's game against the Cubs.

Upton didn't play this weekend while dealing with illness but was able to take part in batting practice and fielding drills Sunday. He went 1 for 3 with a home run in his only game last week.


Padres' Justin Upton to take batting practice, fielding drills Sunday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2015) Padres outfielder Justin Upton is scheduled to take batting practice and fielding drills Sunday, reports U-T San Diego.

Upton was scratched from Friday's game because of an illness, but he could play in Monday's game.


Padres OF Justin Upton scratched Friday due to illness


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2015) Padres outfielder Justin Upton was scratched from Friday's spring game against the White Sox due to illness, per U-T San Diego. He was replaced in the lineup by Rymer Liriano.

"He's not feeling great," manager Bud Black said. "He should be back in a day or two, once he gets back to close to 100 percent. He's just a little bit under the weather. In this case, how he's feeling, it just doesn't make sense for him to be around the ballpark."

Upton hit a solo home run during his spring debut Wednesday.

"He's been working hard these first 10 days of camp, and leading up to camp, he was working hard," Black said. "This won't hurt him, a few days off the field."


Padres' Upton crushes HR off batter's eye in CF in spring debut


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Padres outfielder Justin Upton, who was acquired in an offseason trade with the Braves, wasted little time showing the kind of impact he can bring to the San Diego lineup. Upton homered in his spring debut Wednesday against the Mariners, and it wasn't a shot that barely made it over the wall.

"That ball was crushed," manager Bud Black said, per U-T San Diego.

Upton blasted an 0-1 breaking ball from Mariners pitcher Forrest Snow off the batter's eye in center field at Peoria Stadium, which sits 410 feet away from home plate.

"You try to stay within yourself, under control," Upton said. "Most of the time, if you swing the bat with good path, you can get some backspin. I got lucky today and ran into one."


Bud Black reveals OF configuration for Padres in 2015


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) Bud Black sees his revamped Padres outfield consisting of Justin Upton in left, Matt Kemp in right and Wil Myers in center, per The Associated Press.

The very active Padres will have an entirely new outfield in 2015.


Padres acquire OF Justin Upton from Braves


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) The Padres have acquired outfielder Justin Upton from the Braves via trade, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman on Friday.

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports first reported the trade between both clubs.

Left-hander Max Fried, shortstop Jace Peterson, third baseman Dustin Peterson, outfielder Mallex Smith will be heading to Atlanta in exchange for the 27-year-old outfielder and a low-level player, per Heyman. Upton spent his first six seasons in the NL West and has a career .291/.359/.541 slash line at Petco Park. He is coming off a season in which he hit .270/.342/.491 with 29 homers and 102 RBI over 566 at-bats with the Braves.

Braves in 'serious talks' with mystery team regarding Justin Upton


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) The Braves have engaged in "serious talks" with an unknown team regarding a Justin Upton trade, CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reports Friday. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports first reported that Atlanta is closing in on a deal.

According to Mark Bowman of MLB.com the Braves have had recent talks with the Athletics, Rangers and Mariners this offseason. However, the Padres appear to be the club most likely to land Upton at this point, per Bowman.

Upton is coming off a season in which he hit .270/.342/.491 over 566 at-bats. He slashed 267/.348/.478 through his first two seasons with the Braves. The 27-year-old entering the final year of his contract and is expected to make $14.5 million in 2015 before becoming a free agent.


Report: Padres continue to talk to Braves about Justin Upton


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/19/2014) The Padres continue to talk to the Braves about outfielder Justin Upton, according to Bleacher Report's Scott Miller.

Despite the fact that the Padres acquired both Matt Kemp and Wil Myers on Thursday, the team may not be done yet. It's unclear where Upton would fit into the team's plans, but he would be a clear upgrade over whoever the club is planning to start in center field. If the team were to acquire Upton, one of that trio would be pushed into action in center. While Kemp has experience at the position, he's not considered a strong defender. 

The 27-year-old Upton is coming off a season in which he hit .270/.342/.491 over 566 at-bats.


Schuerholz: Braves have discussed Justin Upton extension


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2014) Braves president John Schuerholz told MLB Network Radio on Tuesday they have had internal discussions about a contract extension for outfielder Justin Upton.

"All things are possible," Schuerholz said. "That is not on the table at the moment, but we have discussed it internally."

Schuerholz added the Braves have also discussed trading Upton, but that is of little surprise since Upton has been mentioned heavily in trade rumors. The 27-year-old Upton will be a free agent after the 2015 season.


Report: Padres still pursuing Braves OF Justin Upton


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/12/2014) According to Marc Bowman of MLB.com, the Padres remains one of the clubs still pursuing Braves outfielder Justin Upton. San Diego acquired Matt Kemp over the winter meetings and could be looking to add a right fielder at some point in the offseason.

Upton is coming off a season in which he hit .270/.342/.491 with 29 home runs and 102 RBI over 566 at-bats. The 27-year-old is entering the final year of his contract and is expected to make $14.5 million in 2015 before becoming a free agent.


Giants' bid to acquire Justin Upton and Chris Johnson is dead


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/9/2014) The Giants won't be acquiring Braves outfielder Justin Upton and third baseman Chris Johnson in a deal for prospects, reports CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Those talks are "a week old" and the deal is "not happening," Heyman reported.

USA Today reported the Braves were skeptical the Giants could supply the necessary prospects to make a deal possible.


Braves seeking more in return for OF Justin Upton


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2014) The Braves are seeking more for outfielder Justin Upton than they received back from the Cardinals for Jason Heyward. However, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman, rival executives believe Atlanta received "too much" in return for Heyward.

The Mariners aren't willing to part with pitcher Taijuan Walker and the Orioles won't give pitcher Kevin Gausman.

Upton is coming off a season in which he hit .270/.342/.491 with 29 home runs and 102 RBI over 566 at-bats. The 27-year-old is entering the final year of his contract and is expected to make $14.5 million in 2015 before becoming a free agent.


Report: Orioles, Rangers, Padres still in Justin Upton market


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/4/2014) The Orioles, Rangers and Padres are among the teams that remain involved in the trade market for Braves outfielder Justin Upton, FOXSports.com reports.

Upton is in the final year of his deal and the Braves appear to be headed for a rebuilding season, already trading one outfielder with an expiring deal (Jason Heyward) for an infusion of young talent. The Braves are reportedly in no rush to trade Upton, however, as they wait for the right deal to emerge.


Braves fielding calls on Justin Upton, but not actively looking for trade


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/30/2014) Braves president of baseball operations John Hart sounded Sunday as though trading outfielder Justin Upton isn't a high priority, according to MLB Network Radio. Hart added signing Upton to a multiyear deal is "not out of the realm of possibility."

"You haven't seen us come out and say we're interested in moving any of our guys," Hart said. "We recognize that Justin is in the last year of his deal. He's looking at free agency 12 months from now. We've certainly had some calls that we'll take. We're not out there actively doing anything with any of our players."

CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman reported Saturday the Braves are receiving plenty of trade inquiries on Upton. Heyman's report supports Hart's claims the Braves are in no rush to deal Upton and would wait until the right deal arises.


Report: Athletics, Braves talking trade involving Upton


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(11/29/2014) The Athletics are discussing a deal with the Braves that would land them on-the-block outfielder Justin Upton and catcher Evan Gattis, according to Fox Sports, which is further reporting that standout starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija is being dangled as bait.

Upton is receiving interest from several teams, but his free agency status after this season is a drawback for suitors.


Report: Athletics talking to Braves about Upton, Gattis


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/29/2014) The Athletics are talking to the Braves about outfielder Justin Upton and catcher Evan Gattis, according to the Bay Area News Group.

Oakland was involved in a shocking deal on Friday, and it doesn't appear the club is done making deals just yet. Upton is coming off a season in which he hit .270/.342/.491 over 566 at-bats. The 27-year-old is entering the final year of his contract.

Gattis hit .263/.317/.493 over 369 at-bats. He was hindered by a back injury over the second half of the year. Gattis won't be a free-agent until 2019.


Report: M's have discussed trades for Kemp, Cespedes, Upton


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/25/2014) The Mariners have discussed trades on multiple right-handed hitting outfielders, including Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp, Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and Braves outfielder Justin Upton, according to FOX Sports reporter Jon Morosi.

All three players have been mentioned in trade rumors, and the Cespedes speculation has picked up in the last day with the Red Sox signing Hanley Ramirez, who is expected to move to the outfield. Cespedes and Upton are in the final year of their contracts, while Kemp is signed through 2019.


Report: Rangers, Astros have inquired about Justin Upton


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2014) The Rangers have inquired about Braves outfielder Justin Upton, according to FOX Sports. The New York Post reported over the weekend the Astros have also inquired about Upton.

According to FOX Sports, the Rangers have shown interest in Upton in the past, but their current offseason focus is more on pitching.


Report: Braves outfielder Justin Upton 'will be moved'


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(11/21/2014) The Braves are looking to trade outfielder Justin Upton, and sources have indicated it’s only a matter of time before he is dealt.

“Justin Upton will be moved,” said another team executive, per the New York Post.

However, if any team is going to trade for Upton, the price will not be cheap. Reports have shown the Braves are asking for more in return than what they received for Jason Heyward.

Upton will make $14.5 million in 2015 and then become a free agent. In 2014, Upton hit .270 with 29 home runs and 102 RBI.

Report: Cruz, Kemp, Upton higher targets for M's than Ramirez


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/18/2014) While the Mariners look to add a right-handed hitter to their lineup, it appears they are more interested in signing free agent Nelson Cruz or trading for Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp than signing free agent Hanley Ramirez, according to FOX Sports reporter Ken Rosenthal. Braves outfielder Justin Upton also appears to be higher on the Mariners' wish list than Ramirez.

Report: Mariners 'strong suitor' for Braves OF Justin Upton


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/17/2014) After the Braves traded Jason Heyward to the Cardinals on Monday, it appears as if outfielder Justin Upton could be the next man to leave Atlanta, according to Bob Nightengale of USA Today on Monday. Per Nightengale, the Mariners are a strong suitor to acquire the 27-year-old right fielder.

Amid recent reports, president of baseball operations John Hart said he's still willing to have Upton back next season, per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

"As we sit here today, there certainly is a good chance Justin is back with us next year," Hart said.

Upton batted .270 with 29 homers and 102 RBI in 566 at-bats in 2014.


Justin Upton goes yard Wednesday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Braves outfielder Justin Upton belted his 28th home run Wednesday against the Pirates.

Upton struck in the bottom of the fourth inning. With a man on base, Upton hit an 80 mph changeup out to left for the two-run shot. He would also walk and single during the contest. Upton finished 2 for 4, with one run scored and two RBI. 


Justin Upton goes yard in defeat to Nationals


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(9/10/2014) Braves left fielder Justin Upton continued to produce Tuesday on a team in the midst of major offensive woes. He clobbered a two-run homer in the sixth inning - his 27th of the season - but it only served to tighten the gap in an eventual loss to Washington.

Upton ranks fifth in the National League with a .512 slugging percentage.


Justin Upton returns to Friday's lineup


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/5/2014) Braves outfielder Justin Upton was back in the lineup Friday against the Marlins, after missing the team's previous game due to a bruised triceps. He is in his usual spot in the lineup Friday, batting fourth and starting in left field after missing one game.