The San Diego Padres have been very active during the offseason over turning their roster and looking for way to get better on the field. That continued as the MLB was getting ready to officially launch the 2015 regular season yesterday when the team pulled off another big trade with the Atlanta Braves. The Padres were the last club this year to submit its 25 man active roster for he regular season and know the reason why has been discovered.
First the details of the trade: San Diego gets Closer Craig Kimbrel and OF Melvin Upton Jr.
Atlanta gets pitching prospect Matt Wisler, minor league outfielder Jordan Paroubeck, and outfielders Cameron Maybin and Carlos Quentin, along with the 41st pick in the MLB draft to be held this Summer.
This is the side effects of two teams that are over turning their roster and rebuilding. Maybin and Quentin were purchased out of the San Diego outfield after the team traded for Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, and Wil Myers.
Kimbrel was entering the second year of a $42 million our year deal and Melvin Upton Jr. has a little north of $46 million and three years left on his deal. Obviously this was cost cutting move for the Braves as they today designated Quentin for assignment and will look to trade him and whatever amount of his 8million dollar salary they can get another team to pick up.
It is being reported by multiple sources that Quentin was only included in the deal to balance out the money and because the Padres simply had too many outfielders. When healthy Quentin is a above average bat with middle of the lineup skills. However his defense in the outfield is a big minus but he might fit a lot better with an American League club.