Braves trade Craig Kimbrel, Melvin Upton Jr. to Padres

On the night before the first game of the 2015 season, the Atlanta Braves and San Diego Padres have agreed to a major trade.

Craig Kimbrel and Melvin Upton Jr. (formerly B.J.) are heading to San Diego, according to multiple reports. In return, the Braves will receive Carlos Quentin, Cameron Maybin, Jordan Paroubeck, Matt Wisler and the 41st overall pick in the next draft.

(Also read: The Braves traded Justin Upton because they didn’t have a choice)

Braves fans will learn that this is yet another necessary offseason deal that unloads millions of dollars in salaries for young players in return. Finding anyone to shoulder the burden of Upton’s massive contract ($48 million and 3 years left) should be considered a win for the Braves, and if the franchise is truly focused on reloading for the 2017 opening of SunTrust Park, they won’t need a marquis closer for a couple of years.

And who knows how dominant Kimbrel will be in two years, anyway. Still, it will be sad for Braves fans to realize they’ve heard the last “Welcome To The Jungle” call to Kimbrel in the top of the ninth inning at Turner Field.

Quentin is the big name the Braves will receive in the deal, but he won’t be in Atlanta for long, according to CBS Sports Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Quentin was sent to Atlanta to balance money in the deal and is likely to be traded to an American League team, Heyman reported on Twitter.

Maybin turned 28 on Saturday and is a career .246 hitter with 32 homers and 150 RBI over 8 seasons. He previously played in Detroit, Miami and San Diego. He’s played 100 games or more in only 2 of those 8 seasons.

Wisler, 22, reached AAA last season, where he went 9-5 with a 5.01 ERA in 22 games. In 116 2/3 innings at El Paso, Wisler had a K/BB ratio of 101/36.

Paroubeck is 20 years old and spent his 2014 season in the minors, batting .286 with 4 homers and 24 RBI while playing in the Arizona League, which is at the Rookie level.

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