Grading the Padres Offseason Additions

#5   12/19/14

Justin Upton and Aaron Northcraft for Max Fried, Jace Peterson, Dustin Peterson and Mallex Smith

The day after landing a power hitting corner outfielder (Kemp) and the same day as adding another corner outfielder (Myers), the team went out and added Justin Upton. In a bizarre move the team now had three potential All-Star corner outfielders. Upton only had one year left on his contract, and the Padres seemed to be poised to make a run for it all.

Mandatory Credit: Zimbio

Mandatory Credit: Zimbio

Upton proved to be the most consistent hitter for the Padres even though Kemp will have better numbers when it is all said and done. Justin Upton is hitting .259 with 26 homers and 80 RBI’s in 142 games. He has been very solid for the Padres and was the teams lone All-Star representative in 2015.

Northcraft was just average this season going 4-6 with a 4.21 ERA between AA and AAA for the Padres. He will look to compete for a bullpen spot in the 2016 season. The Padres dealt four decent young players to the Braves for Upton. Max Fried was the Padres first round pick in 2012, but is currently injured. He is working his way back from Tommy John surgery. Mallex Smith is a speed burner that stole 88 base in the Padres organization in 2014. He hit .306 this season for the Braves in AA and AAA. Smith also stole 57 bases and hit two homers with 35 RBIs.

Dustin Peterson is an outfielder and third baseman. He hit .251 this season with eight homers and 62 RBIs in 118 games. The 21-year-old has developing power. Jace Peterson has spent the whole season as the Braves starting second baseman. He has played in 142 games and is hitting ,240 with 5 homers and 51 RBI’s. He has amassed a 0.5 WAR in his rookie year.

Grade  C

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