The San Diego Padres pulled off another blockbuster trade on the eve of Opening Day, acquiring All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel and outfielder Melvin Upton from the Atlanta Braves for outfielders Carlos Quentin and Cameron Maybin, plus two minor leaguers and a draft pick.
The trade announced Sunday reunites Upton with his younger brother, Justin, obtained by the Padres in one of several trades General Manager A.J. Preller made in a dramatic December makeover. Justin Upton will be San Diego's starting left fielder. Center fielder Melvin Upton was placed on the disabled list Saturday with a left foot injury.
Kimbrel led the NL for the second consecutive year with 47 saves in 2014 after saving 50 games in 2013. He has been an All-Star each of the past four seasons.
The Padres had a glut of outfielders after obtaining Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and Wil Myers in separate deals in December.
Quentin, due $8 million this year, has been slowed by knee injuries and never played more than 86 games in any of his three seasons with his hometown Padres. Maybin, owed $7 million this year, also has been slowed by injuries. He was suspended for 25 games last year after testing positive for amphetamines.
The Braves also received minor league righthander Matt Wisler and outfielder Jordan Paroubeck, plus the 41st competitive balance draft pick.
The Los Angeles Dodgers will set a major league record with a $270 million Opening Day payroll. Major league baseball's average salary also is a record at $4.2 million, according to calculations by the Associated Press. That is up 6.3 percent from last year's opening average of $3.95 million and is a 15 percent rise over two years.
The New York Yankees are second at $219 million, followed by Boston ($175 million), San Francisco ($173.2 million) and Detroit ($172.8 million).
• Commissioner Rob Manfred intends to announce Monday that Washington's Nationals Park will host the 2018 All-Star Game, according to a person familiar with MLB's plans.
• Third baseman Yasmany Tomas was sent to the minors by Arizona after the $68.5 million free agent from Cuba failed to make their Opening Day roster.
• Two former Twins, outfielder Denard Span (abdomen) of the Washington Nationals and shortstop J.J. Hardy (shoulder) of the Baltimore Orioles, were placed on the 15-day disabled list.
• Lon Simmons, a Hall of Fame broadcaster whose career spanned five decades calling San Francisco Giants, Oakland Athletics and 49ers games, died Sunday at 91.