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Jul 17, 2015; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Padres left fielder Justin Upton (10) watches the flight of his eighth inning home run against the Colorado Rockies at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Justin Upton – San Diego Padres

Coming off the third All-Star selection of his big league career, Justin Upton is a major part of a San Diego Padres team that seems to be facing more questions than answers after a massive rebuild last offseason.

With both the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants playing well again this season, first-year San Diego GM A.J. Preller may look to flip some of his pricier pieces to shore up the farm system moving forward.

Leading that group of players is Upton.

After 27 and 29-homer years the past two seasons, respectively, Upton has shown that is an evident power threat in any big league lineup.

One of the Cubs’ biggest question marks is how long Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo can carry the offensive load. Adding Upton changes the look of this lineup for the next two months, but with the asking price the Friars will likely have for the rental player, this deal doesn’t seem as probable to me.

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