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Padres acquire Justin Upton from Braves

The Padres continue adding offense, with four prospects headed to Atlanta in the deal.

Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports

The Padres won't stop. According to reports from Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com and Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com, San Diego has a deal to acquire Justin Upton and right-hander Aaron Northcraft from the Braves in exchange left-hander Max Fried, infielder Jace Peterson, third baseman Dustin Peterson, outfielder Mallex Smith and an international bonus slot.

Upton joins new acquisitions Matt Kemp, Wil Myers and Derek Norris in a revamped Padres' lineup, with the outfield looking as though Kemp will play center field between Myers and Upton. Incumbents Seth Smith, Cameron Maybin, Will Venable and Carlos Quentin are all likely to find themselves on the trading block, along with recently-acquired catchers Ryan Hanigan and Tim Federowicz.

Upton, 27, has been linked to many teams this winter, including the Orioles, Rangers and Mariners, but will play out his final season before free agency in Petco Park. The outfielder joins Jason Heyward as significant Braves to be dealt this offseason, signaling that Atlanta is going into full-rebuild mode in an effort to get younger.

In 154 games in his second and final season in Atlanta last season, Upton hit .270/.342/.491 with 29 home runs and 102 RBI, so he will provide immediate pop alongside Kemp, Myers and Norris in the Padres' lineup. The Padres rated last in batting average last season with a .226 mark, so their aggressive additions will help.

Fried, 20, was the seventh overall pick in the 2012 draft and is thought of as one of the best left-handed pitching prospects in all of baseball. The southpaw underwent Tommy John surgery in August and will likely miss most of the season, but is thought of a high-upside arm and was ranked by MLB.com as the team's third best prospect.

Jace Peterson, a first-round pick in 2011, made his major league debut last season, posting a .113/.161/.113 line in 53 at-bats. He hit .307/.402/.447 with three home runs in 86 games in the minors last year.

Dustin Peterson, a 2013 second round pick, was ranked by MLB.com as the Padres' tenth best prospect after hitting .233/.274/.361 with ten home runs and 79 RBI for Single-A Fort Wayne. He is thought to be a candidate to move to second base or the outfield in the majors, but profiles as an offensive-first player.

Smith, 21, was a fifth-rounder in 2012, and is known primarily for his speed. He hit .310/.403/.432 in 120 games split between Single-A and High-A this season, while stealing 88 bases to bring his three-year minor-league total to 169 steals.