Upton declined his qualifying offer from the Padres, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports. This was expected, as Upton is one of the most coveted hitters on the free agent market after hitting 26 home runs and driving in 81 runs. He'll look for a longer-term, higher-paying deal in free agency.
Upton (neck) was given a qualifying offer by the Padres on Friday, Corey Brock of MLB.com reports. The move comes as little surprise from the Padres perspective, but Upton is unlikely to sign the offer as he'll command more years and money on the open market. The 28-year-old took a bit of a step back in his only season in San Diego, hitting just .251 -- his worst average since 2008 -- but he also added 26 homers and 81 RBI and should be one of the most coveted hitters in free agency.
Padres outfielder Justin Upton (neck strain) will miss the rest of the regular season, MLB.com's Corey Brock reports. He still hasn't been cleared to swing a bat, and with the Padres well out of the playoff race and Upton about to hit free agency, it makes no sense for him to try to get back for one of the Padres' final three games. Upton will be one of the most sought after hitters on the market this winter.
Padres slugger Justin Upton (neck) is set to sit Thursday against Milwaukee. Upton was injured running head-first into the outfield wall while trying to chase down a ball Wednesday. Interim manager Pat Murphy didn't think the injury was significant, but it appears serious enough to knock him out of at least one game.
Padres outfielder Justin Upton left Wednesday's game against the Brewers in the first inning after crashing into the outfield wall, Adam McCalvy of MLB.com reports. San Diego was already down Matt Kemp (hand), the exact nature of his injury is uncertain. Wil Myers shifted over to left field to replace Upton, with Travis Jankowski coming into the game in right.