Just about an hour until the 2015 season kicked off, it was confirmed that Craig Kimbrel and Melvin Upton (used to be known as BJ) were dealt to San Diego for Carlos Quentin, Cameron Maybin, Matt Wisler, Jordan Parouback and the 41st overall pick in this years draft. No money was included in this deal, both teams will pick up each players contract as it is right now.
Kimbrel signed a four year, $42 million dollar extension last February, but with the Braves in more of a rebuilding mode, they felt it was needed to dump this big contract because why pay a guy this much money to not close many games? Since debuting in 2010, Kimbrel has been arguably the best closer in baseball with a career 1.43 ERA with 186 saves and a 476/108 K/BB ratio in 289 innings. This move will really help the Padres given they have already revamped there lineup and rotation. Melvin Upton, who will now be back with his brother Justin, will provide some outfield work off the bench, filling in for Kemp, Myers and Justin Upton. However, the Padres now have to pick up Melvin's huge contract. Upton has $46.35 million and three years remaining on a five-year, $75.25 million deal signed with the Braves in November 2012. Upton has been one of baseballs biggest disappointments the past few years. But for the Padres they get a lights out closer and a guy who can provide some spark when your core outfielders need a day off, this was a great deal for the Padres.
But you're probably wondering, how did the Braves get a fair piece in this deal? Matt Wisler was the Padres top pitching prospect and is likely one or two years away from major league ready, Cameron Maybin and Carlos Quentin are good players that were just not going to find time in San Diego with the acquisitions of Kemp, Myers and Upton. Also, Maybin's parents live a short drive away so he is 'thrilled' to be playing close to home again (reported by Rosenthal). But the big thing for Braves is that they freed up a lot of money to go out and rebuild the team for the future.
All in all, this was a fair trade for both sides.
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