While the New York Yankees are looking for starting pitching at the 2014 MLB trade deadline, Martin Prado of the Arizona Diamondbacks could be an option for the Bronx Bombers to improve their struggling offense.
According to Bill Madden of the New York Daily News, the Yanks could potentially make a deal to bring Prado to the Bronx:
Actually, there’s a dearth of third basemen everywhere, but assuming the Diamondbacks are serious about an impending fire sale, the Yankees ought to see what the asking price is for Martin Prado.
Prado wouldn't help the Yanks in the power department for sure, but he is a good hitter who could be an upgrade at either third or second base should the team choose to acquire him.
Going into Sunday's action, the D-Backs' third baseman was hitting .271 with three homers and 35 RBI, which is a bit of a disappointment considering he was a perennial .300 hitter when he played for the Atlanta Braves.
However, it must be said that Prado is playing in a pitcher's park in Arizona and that could explain his somewhat lackluster numbers, although he did have a career year in 2013 when he hit 14 homers and drove in 82 runs—both career highs—with a .282 average.
He could quite possibly revisit that kind of production should he move to a hitter-friendly ballpark like Yankee Stadium.
As of right now, New York has Kelly Johnson and Yangervis Solarte to play third base—both are struggling mightily at the plate in 2014—and Brian Roberts is also having issues at the plate as the starting second baseman.
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Prado's consistent bat would be a nice change of pace as opposed to what the Yanks are getting now, and he's also a solid defender at either infield position, so there would be no chance of a drop off there.
Prado's age is also a big plus, as the infielder will turn 31 in October and could be a long-term solution for the Bombers to be a starting infielder for years to come. His contract pays him around $11 million through 2016, so he can't bolt New York right away if that's his desire, thus giving up some prospects for him won't hurt as much.
It's a smart and very realistic option the Yanks should explore and it's more likely than not he'll be made available by Arizona. The D-Backs are doing horribly this season and are primed to miss the playoffs with a 12-game deficit to make up in the National League West.
That could spell a fire sale of epic proportions in the desert and if that's the case, the Yanks should attempt to take full advantage by landing Prado for a reasonable package of young talent while eating a pretty lucrative deal that the Diamondbacks would love to unload.
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