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Padres continue makeover, obtain Craig Kimbrel, Melvin Upton from Braves

Padres continue makeover, obtain Craig Kimbrel, Melvin Upton from Braves

SAN DIEGO (AP) — The San Diego Padres couldn't start the season without yet another blockbuster deal by first-year general manager A.J. Preller. Preller pushed ahead with his remarkable makeover of the Padres on Sunday when he acquired All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel and outfielder Melvin Upton from the Atlanta Braves for outfielders Carlos Quentin and Cameron Maybin, plus two minor leaguers and a draft pick. While Upton will be reunited with his younger brother, Padres left fielder Justin Upton, this deal centered around Kimbrel, whom Preller called "an A-level performer." The Padres take on $80.35 million in guaranteed salaries to Kimbrel and Upton while shedding...

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