Five Bold Predictions for the 2015 San Diego Padres

There is a lot of excitement surrounding the 2015 San Diego Padres team due to the group of moves that the team made this past off-season both on and off the field. For a team that won 77 games in 2014 and finished third in the National League West Division, the Padres look to turn things around in 2015, hoping to make the playoffs for the first time since 2006.

With the season about to begin, there are many different expectations surrounding this ball club. Here are five bold predictions for the revamped club.

1) Justin Upton is dealt before the July trade deadline.

Unless the team can reach an extension with Justin Upton before the trade deadline, look for the 27-year-old outfield to be in another uniform for the stretch run.

Yes, the team made the trade to acquire the two-time All Star and former Silver Slugger Award winner this past off-season, but with a surplus of outfielders, Upton could become expendable.

If the club is unable to reach an agreement with Upton, they could look to trade him in order to upgrade other positions. With guys such as Wil Myers under contract, it makes more sense that the team would look to trade Upton, especially if his price tag remains to high for their liking.

In the case that a move like this does happen, the team has insurance in the form of Cameron Maybin, Carlos Quentin and Will Venable to fill the hole in the outfield.

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