When the Atlanta Braves traded outfielder Jason Heyward to St. Louis in November, it signaled that the club might be initiating a rebuilding process.
However, a lack of activity on the trading front at the Winter Meetings as well as the signing of free agent Nick Markakis to a four-year deal gave the impression that the organization still might try to compete in 2015.
"I made it real clear from the beginning that we're not looking to trade anybody. We'll certainly entertain whatever might come our way. If there is something that comes along with real value for us, we'll certainly examine it," said Braves president of baseball operations John Hart following the Winter Meetings via Mark Bowman of MLB.com.
Well, Hart clearly likely what came his way Friday morning, as the Braves traded left fielder Justin Upton to the San Diego Padres in return for prospect package featuring left-handed pitcher Max Fried, infielder Jace Peterson, third baseman Dustin Peterson and center fielder Mallex Smith, per FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal and CBS Sports' Jon Heyman.