Martin Prado might not end the season with the Marlins. Although the club opted to keep him on the roster prior to the non-waiver trade deadline, the Marlins remain open to dealing Prado if a club is willing to overpay, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro.
Despite a stint on the disabled list earlier in the year, Prado has been able to remain healthy and produce regularly in 2015. Over 88 games, he is batting .270/.315/.353 in addition to four home runs and 31 RBIs. He is also making $10 million and is under contract for next season.
In the final days of July, Prado was consistently linked to teams seeking infield depth after Ben Zobrist was dealt to the Royals. The Yankees were one team known to be interested and a deal might still make sense. Miami could be searching for a new first baseman at the end of the season and Greg Bird is a highly regarded first base prospect.
Miami acquired Prado to start at third base last offseason in the deal that sent Nathan Eovaldi and Garrett Jones to New York. Since the Yankees are familiar with his style of play and might be seeking depth with Dustin Ackley on the disabled list, the organization might continue to express interest.
The fact that they do not have a notable amount of third base depth might make the Marlins hesitant to move Prado. Colin Moran, a top third base prospect, was traded to Houston in the Jarred Cosart deal. Derek Dietrich could prove to be a valuable starting third baseman moving forward, but given his defensive troubles in the past, the Marlins likely prefer him in the outfield. If the Marlins were able to add Bird in a potential deal, the club would be in a position to explore other options at third base at the end of the season.
All August trades must be completed via the waiver-wire but Prado would likely clear waivers. New York might not be the only team interested in adding Prado and the Marlins might be able to maximize the return by making a deal later this month.
Prado is expected to be Miami's starting third baseman in 2016. But if the Marlins are overwhelmed by an offer, a deal could remain realistic.