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Melvin Upton Jr. deal may be in the works with Orioles for Ubaldo Jimenez and prospect

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So if I understand Padres GM A.J. Preller’s plan, he’s going to trade, the revenant, Melvin Upton Jr. to the Orioles for the struggling Ubaldo Jimenez. This plan will give the Padres a bit of a cost savings over the length of their contracts. I’ll have to go back and check but I think it’s about a $4-5M difference. By doing this the Padres will also clear a spot in the outfield for future star [fingers crossed] Hunter Renfroe to play the second half of the season. Also, since Upton is so much better than Jimenez, Preller will be wanting a top prospect too. If all goes well this turd of a team will be over .500 in 2-5 years.

Earlier in the evening Jeff Passan said the teams were getting close and then Ken Rosenthal rebutted saying they were not close. They’ve been going back and forth each adding details about the progress. My sources have remained quiet.

Meanwhile I’ll try to get back to watching Stranger Things on Netflix.