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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: 9 | Salary: $9,750,000 | Owned/Started%: 100/98 | Average Draft Position: 75.41
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Padres' Justin Upton smacks two home runs in losing effort


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/26/2015) Padres left fielder Justin Upton went 2 for 3 at the plate in San Diego's 11-8 loss to the Dodgers Saturday. Upton got things going early with a two-run shot off of Brandon McCarthy in the first over the right field wall.

Upton did it again in the sixth, taking McCarthy to center field on an 0-2 pitch for a three-run shot, his fifth of the season. Upton continues to swing a hot bat, raising his average to .303 with 13 RBI on the season, five on Saturday, in 66 at-bats on the year.


Padres view Justin Upton as a one-year buy for now


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/24/2015) The Padres are viewing Justin Upton, who is entering the final year of his six-year, $51.25 million contract, as a one-year buy for now, though that could change depending how this season goes, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman on Friday.

Upton, who was acquired in an offseason trade with the Braves, is hitting .288 (17 for 59) with three doubles, a triple, three homers, eight RBI and a .328 on-base percentage through 16 games.


Padres outfielder Justin Upton (quad) returns to the lineup Monday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Padres outfielder Justin Upton is back in the starting lineup Monday after missing Sunday's game with a quad injury, according to U-T San Diego.

Upton picked up a right quad strain in Saturday's game and was forced to leave in the 10th inning. He was able to test the injury before the game and got the go ahead from manager Bud Black. Upton is hitting .326 with three home runs and eight RBI in 46 at-bats this season.

The Padres are currently the underdogs (+121) Monday against Colorado.


Padres' Justin Upton (quad) out of lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/19/2015) Padres left fielder Justin Upton is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Cubs due to a quad strain.

It'll be the first game this season Upton hasn't started for the Padres. He's hit .326/.373/.630 with three home runs and eight RBI in 46 at-bats. He felt better after receiving postgame treatment, MLB.com reports, and the injury doesn't appear to be serious.

"We’re optimistic about it," manager Bud Black said before Sunday's game, per U-T San Diego. "We will watch it, treat it and hopefully it will be all right (Monday). And if not, hopefully Tuesday. We’re not going to push this. When you’re talking muscle strains, you never really know."

With Upton sidelined, Will Venable will draw the start in left field, while catcher Derek Norris will shift to the cleanup spot after not starting Saturday.

The Padres are underdogs (+120) in Chicago Sunday.


Padres outfielder Justin Upton day to day with quad strain


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/18/2015) Padres outfielder Justin Upton is considered day to day with a right quad strain, manager Bud Black said per U-T San Diego.

Upton left Saturday's game against the Cubs after cracking a two-out double in the 10th inning. Will Venable came on to pinch-run for him. Upton went 2 for 5 in the game with an RBI and is now hitting .326 in 46 at-bats so far this season.


Padres OF Justin Upton hits go-ahead home run in eighth inning


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Padres outfielder Justin Upton hit what would wind up being the game-winning home run in the eighth inning of Wednesday night's 3-2 win over the Diamondbacks. 

Upton swung at the first pitch from Diamondbacks reliever Randall Delgado and hit the solo shot over the left center field wall. For Upton, it's his third home run and seventh RBI of the season. Upton finished the game 3 for 4, totaling two singles as well. He scored two runs, too. 

Upton now holds a slash line of .351/.405/.703 through San Diego's first 10 games of the season. 


Padres OF Justin Upton launches first home run of season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(4/9/2015) Padres outfielder Justin Upton launched his first home run of the season in Wednesday's 7-4 defeat to the Dodgers.

Upton took Brandon McCarthy deep for a two-run home run in the opening frame for his only hit of the night. He finished 1 for 4 with a run scored, two RBI and two strikeouts. He has a hit in each of his first three games this season and is hitting .250 (3 for 12) with a triple, a home run and three RBI to start the year.


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 | Senior Analyst
(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.