San Diego Padres general manager A.J. Preller. Courtesy of San Diego Padres Facebook.

San Diego Padres General Manager A.J. Preller continued to wheel and deal this offseason, acquiring right-handed closer Craig Kimbrel and outfielder Melvin Upton Jr., brother of outfielder Justin Upton, from the Atlanta Braves, the teams announced Sunday.

In return the Braves received outfielder Carlos Quentin and Cameron Maybin, right hander Matt Wisler, minor-league outfielder Jordan Paroubeck and the 41st overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft.

Kimbrel, 26, has established himself as one of the best closers in baseball, averaging 46 saves and a 1.51 ERA over the last four seasons.

He is under team control through 2018, including a team option.

With his addition, right hander Joaquin Benoit moves into the set-up role.

M. Upton, formerly known as B.J., provides the team with more outfield depth at the center field position, but will be out until mid-May with a left foot injury.

He struggled in his two seasons with Braves, after signing a $46 million dollar contract, batting .198.

By dealing Maybin and Quentin the Padres were able to cut down on their plethora of outfielders in time for Opening Day.

According to CBS, the Braves plan on designating Quentin for assignment.

Wisler, 22,  was rated the Padres fourth best prospect by  MLB.com and the team’s best pitching prospect.

Paroubeck was taken in the second round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Padres. In his first professional season he batted .286 in 157 plate appearances.

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