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Braves Trade All-Star Closer Kimbrel to Padres

Major League Baseball’s Opening Night is set to begin tonight with the Chicago Cubs and the St. Louis Cardinals battling it out again at Wrigley Field. The Padres made a ton of off-season moves, bolstering their roster making them favorites in the National League West. According to the Padres, it’s still the off-season, as they have pulled off another huge move. The Padres have acquired all-star closer Craig Kimbrel and Melvin Upton Jr. from the Atlanta Braves in-exchange for  Cameron Maybin, Carlos Quentin, Jordan Paroubeck, Matt Wisler, and the 41st overall draft pick, according to Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.

Kimbrel saved 47 games last season with the Braves, with an earned run average of 1.61 in 61.2 innings pitched. The Padres also clear out their outfield with all the moves, as Cameron Maybin and Carlos Quentin were both shipped out in the blockbuster deal. The Padres World Series odds will certainly jump up now, as well their odds to win the National League.

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