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San Diego Padres acquire All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel from Atlanta Braves

Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel celebrates after

Atlanta Braves relief pitcher Craig Kimbrel celebrates after the ninth inning of Game 2 of the National League division series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, in Atlanta. The Braves won 4-3. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) Photo Credit: AP Photo John Bazemore

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego Padres have pulled off another blockbuster trade, acquiring 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, who was obtained by the Padres in one of several trades general manager A.J. Preller made in a dramatic December makeover. Justin Upton is San Diego's starting left fielder.

The Padres had a glut of outfielders after Preller obtained Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and Wil Myers in December.

Kimbrel has had at least 42 saves each of the last four seasons.

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