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In the Cactus League victory over the Giants, the Padres new left fielder went 2-3 with a home run and an RBI double.

Fantasy Impact: With 164 home runs before his 27th birthday, Justin Upton is the real deal. He already has good stats at Petco Park, so he may even take a step forward in his new environment.

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Batting 4th Justin Upton was 1-3 with a home run. He did strike out once.

Fantasy Impact: Upton told all the Padres fans to get ready for some excitement with his home run today. Upton is a solid fantasy star, draft him with confidence.

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Upton was traded to San Diego in mid-December, and was officially made available by the team for the first time in a press conference Tuesday (Source: MLB.com)

Fantasy Impact: Upton, 27, is one of three acquisitions that make up a completely revamped Padres outfield. The others are declining superstar Matt Kemp and 2013 Rookie of the Year Wil Myers. Over his last three years, Upton has posted a .271/.350/.462 slash line overall, and .255/.345/.412 slash line at Petco Park. The move to a notorious pitchers park will slightly erode Upton's fantasy value, but Turner Field wasn't exactly a bandbox, so it should not crater his value. It will be hard to project his production based on the lineup around him in San Diego, as the Padres are barely recognizable compared to last season's version.


John Hart, Braves president of baseball operations, has neared the finish line in his grand scheme to make the Braves relevant in 2016 and beyond. 2015 will be a rebuilding year. The Braves will get Max Fried, Jace Peterson, Dustin Peterson, and Mallex Smith while giving up Upton and a low-level prospect. (Source: Ken Rosenthal on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Petco is more pitcher-friendly than most parks so it's interesting that San Diego is loading up with power. This move, regardless of the park, will help Upton's numbers, as he will have good hitters around him in the lineup.