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Padres acquire Justin Upton from Braves

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ATLANTA (AP) With the focus firmly on the opening of their new stadium, the Atlanta Braves dealt away slugger Justin Upton and made it clear that contending next season is not their primary goal.

Just one year removed from an NL East championship and a perennial playoff team, the Braves are now aiming to rebuild and take a top club into suburban SunTrust Park in 2017.

Upton was traded along with a minor league pitcher for a package of four San Diego prospects, including former first-round pick Max Fried, a left-handed pitcher coming off Tommy John surgery and years away from pitching in the big leagues. The Braves also acquired San Diego's fourth international bonus pool slot.

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