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Miami Marlins trade rumors: Royals interested in Martin Prado

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The 31-year old third baseman is not expected to be dealt.

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Miami is not expected to deal Martin Prado however he continues to draw a notable amount of interest. Kansas City is seeking a versatile defender and middle of the order bat, and according to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, is interested in the veteran third baseman.

Morosi adds the Marlins would likely have to include cash in a deal involving Prado, who might prove to be an ideal piece for the Royals to add because of his experience playing second and third base and in the outfield.

Prado, 31, was acquired by the Marlins in December to be their starting third baseman. He has played second base with Dee Gordon on the disabled list and has also spent time on the disabled list with a shoulder injury earlier in the year. Through 72 games, he is batting .277/.316/.374 to complement four home runs and 26 RBIs and is coming off of a 2014 campaign during which he batted ,282 and drove in 58 runs.

The Marlins might have to be overwhelmed by an offer to consider dealing Prado. He is affordable, still under contract or 2016, and the Marlins do not have a notable amount of third base depth. After trading Colin Moran last July, Derek Dietrich could be Miami's best third base prospect. If a deal was made, Casey McGehee would likely play third base for the remainder of 2015. Prado being dealt might also result in the Marlins holding onto Dietrich, who is also drawing interest as the non-waiver trade deadline approaches.

Miami was thought to be interested in moving its veteran players and Prado could be among them. If the Royals make a notable offer, the Marlins might not have an issue dealing Prado.