The retooling — don’t call it rebuilding, JS says, which reminds me of the facilities people where I work insisting on calling cubicles “workstations” — continues as the Bravos dealt J. Upton to San Dieo for four prospects.
This appears to be one of those deals whose outcome really won’t be clear for a couple of years, at least. We get: Left-hander Max Fried, shortstop Jace Peterson, third baseman Dustin Peterson, and outfielder Mallex Smith, per Jon Heyman of cbssports.com. Fried is an elite pitching prospect BUT he’s coming off Tommy John surgery.
Twenty-one-year-old speedster Smith had terrific numbers in A ball last year– 88 steals, .400-plus OBP, .310 BA. He was not ranked among the Padres’ very top prospects but his minor league stats so far are impressive. If he pans out he could be just the kind of player this team needs. The Petersons are supposedly middling, Phil Gosselin types.
At first blush, this seems an underwhelming return for a guy as talented as Upton. But if it were my money, I wouldn’t sink a lot of it into him over several years. Too streaky, too bad defensively. Time will tell on this trade. J-Up is, of course, a free agent after this season and this group of prospects certainly beats a draft choice.