Padres-Blue Jays agree to trade for Melvin Upton Jr.

San Diego Padres Melvin Upton Jr., Alexi Amarista

Padres to trade Upton to Blue Jays – San Diego Union-Tribune
The Padres have agreed to trade outfielder Melvin Upton Jr. to the Toronto Blue Jays, according to FoxSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal, who reported that a deal likely will be completed Tuesday.

With the Padres still in Toronto for their first-ever series here, Upton will head to the other side of Rogers Centre reportedly in exchange for a Single-A prospect. The Padres are expected to pay down a significant amount of the roughly $22 million left on his contract.

AUDIO: Trade Rumors: Cashner, Upton Jr., & Norris On The Move?
How long will Andrew Cashner, Melvin Upton Jr., and Derek Norris remain with the Padres? Andrew Burer and Dan Sileo break down the latest trade rumors surrounding the team.

Dickerson’s blast puts SD’s HR streak at 23 – MLB.com
Alex Dickerson’s ninth-inning moonshot into the fifth deck at Rogers Centre extended the Padres’ home run streak to 23 games. Including Monday’s 4-2 loss to the Blue Jays, the Friars have now gone deep in every game dating back to June 28.

Michael Jordan: “I can no longer stay silent” – The Undefeated
NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan, after years of staying silent, makes a statement on the shootings of African-Americans and the targeting of police officers.

AUDIO: Tom Telesco On Joey Bosa Update, Melvin Gordon & Questions As Camp Approaches
Chargers GM Tom Telesco joined Darren Smith in-studio on questions surrounding team as camp approaches, Joey Bosa, Melvin Gordon and the team’s biggest need for improvement.

Will Melvin Gordon Take Leap Forward? – Chargers.com
There may be no Charger under more scrutiny heading into training camp than second-year running back Melvin Gordon. The Chargers are determined to jumpstart their ground attack in 2016, and number 28 will play a crucial role after a disappointing rookie campaign.

The Chargers traded up to select the former Wisconsin rusher 15th overall last season, and it’s been well documented that his first year did not live up to expectations. With 2015 fully in the rearview mirror, everyone will be watching to see if Gordon takes that leap forward after also coming off knee surgery.

AUDIO: Mike McCoy: “Number One Priority Is Get That Running Game Going Again”
Chargers Head Coach Mike McCoy gets us ready for Training Camp with his expectations as well as answers the big questions about the squad.

Rio 2016: more than half of Athletes Village buildings still to pass safety tests – The Guardian
Less than two weeks ahead of the Olympics, the Rio 2016 organising committee has acknowledged that 19 of the 31 buildings in the Athletes Village have yet to pass safety tests.

With hundreds of athletes turning up by the day, this will add to concerns prompted by gas and water leaks and at least one power outage. The Guardian has also learned that a short circuit caused a small fire on Saturday.

Close to 10% of the competitors have already arrived in Brazil and many are housed in the village, though the shoddy conditions – which include flooded floors, broken elevators, mould and holes in the ceiling – have shocked some team managers, athletes and volunteers.

Acquiring Aroldis Chapman gives Cubs a championship look – USA Today
The Chicago Cubs, for the first time in a century and eight years, are going to win the World Series.

You know it. I know it. Chicago knows it. And like it or not, all of their competitors in the baseball world is going to have to accept it, too, even their crosstown rival White Sox.

The Cubs didn’t start printing World Series tickets Monday, but the atmosphere in their Cubs’ clubhouse was euphoric after acquiring New York Yankees four-time All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman, the most feared reliever in baseball.

 

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