Derek Dietrich has had success and the Marlins might have considered trading Martin Prado. But that may not be realistic anymore.
Prado has been out with a right shoulder injury and is still experiencing discomfort, and according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro, he will likely not return until after the All-Star break as a result.
Before going down, Prado had proven to be a versatile piece for the Marlins. He was batting .272/.311/.370 to complement four home runs and 24 RBIs. When Miami acquired him from the Yankees last offseason, the club was confident it would not have to worry about third base for at least the next two seasons. The Marlins have rightfully not rushed any of their starters back from injuries this season and not doing so will likely prove to be beneficial moving forward.
Several clubs are in pursuit of third base depth and Prado, who has posted a 1.0 WAR in 2015, was expected to draw a notable amount of interest before the July 31 trade deadline. The Marlins were likely not considering dealing Prado before he was placed on the disabled list, but now that he is still not healthy, any potential deal might not be realistic moving forward.
Although Prado served as the Marlins' starting third baseman, the organization should prove to have enough depth to continue to temporarily win without the veteran infielder. Derek Dietrich has had success offensively since being called upon and Donovan Solano has also seen time at third base. Once Prado is healthy, the Marlins could opt to move both Dietrich and Solano back into their respective utility infielder roles. However, Dietrich (.321/.406/.750 through 11 games) has responded to increased starting time and as a result could find himself in the lineup even when Prado returns.
Todd Frazier, Aramis Ramirez, Will Middlebrooks, Pablo Sandoval, and Chris Johnson are all third baseman who could also be moved before the deadline. But even if they wanted to, the Marlins will likely have trouble dealing Prado after he has been out for an extensive period of time.
*** Frisaro adds a deal with first round draft pick Josh Naylor could get done on Thursday or Friday.
*** Jarred Cosart will be reinstated from the disabled list on Thursday and will initially pitch out of the bullpen.