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Melvin Upton Jr. traded to Toronto Blue Jays from San Diego Padres

San Diego Padres' Melvin Upton Jr. tosses away

San Diego Padres' Melvin Upton Jr. tosses away his batting helmet as he heads for home plate after hitting a home run in the ninth inning to give the Padres a 2-1 win over the New York Yankees in a baseball game Saturday, July 2, 2016, in San Diego. Photo Credit: AP / Lenny Ignelzi

TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays have acquired outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. from the San Diego Padres.

The Blue Jays also received cash from San Diego. In return, the Padres get minor league right-hander Hansel Rodriguez.

Upton is batting .256 with 16 home runs, 45 RBIs and 20 stolen bases. The 12-year veteran has also played for Tampa Bay and Atlanta.

Upton is in the fourth year of a five-year, $75.25 million contract he signed with the Braves before the 2013 season. He’s owed $16.45 million next season.

The 19-year-old Rodriguez is in his third season with Bluefield in the Rookie level Appalachian League. He’s 2-1 with a 3.06 ERA in six starts.

Upton sat out San Diego’s past two games, including Monday’s 4-2 loss at Toronto. The Padres are making their first to Toronto this week.

Toronto will make a roster move to open a spot for Upton before Tuesday’s game.

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