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Miami Marlins trade rumors: Yankees might be interested in Martin Prado

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The 31-year old infielder could give the Yankees depth with Dustin Ackley on the disabled list.

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Dustin Ackley only received three at-bats with the Yankees before going down with an injury and as a result the organization might be seeking other options. New York reportedly had interest in Martin Prado before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline and might be interested in adding him at some point this month.

Although several clubs were linked to Prado before the end of July, MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro noted it had "become a given" Prado would remain with the Marlins in the days leading up to the deadline.

Trades are not as simple in August, as players have to be initially placed on and subsequently claimed off waivers before a deal can be made. Since there were multiple organizations in on Prado, the Yankees might not have an opportunity to claim him if the Marlins decide to put him on waivers.

Prado, 31, has had success with the Marlins through 81 games, batting .272/.314/.359 in addition to four home runs and 27 RBIs. He was acquired by the Marlins in the deal that sent Nathan Eovaldi and Garrett Jones to New York and has seen time at both second and third base this season.

Prado has also spent time on the disabled list with a shoulder injury and is not likely to be dealt by the Marlins since the organization does not have a notable amount of third base depth. If Prado were moved, Casey McGehee would likely emerge as the starting third baseman. However, a deal might not be realistic.

The only move the Yankees made before the deadline was trading Jose Ramirez and Ramon Flores to Seattle in exchange for Ackley. New York was confident Ackley would prove to be a valuable second base and outfield option. However, after he made just three plate appearances in Yankees uniform, the organization placed Ackley on the disabled list with a herniated disk. If Ackley needs surgery, his 2015 season might prematurely come to an end.

In the corresponding roster move, the Yankees added Garrett Jones to the roster. Jones was designated for assignment after Ackley was acquired.

Miami is not expected to move Prado but the Yankees might be an ideal fit. If Prado is placed on waivers and claimed by New York, a deal could be made quickly.