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Martin Prado could command three-year deal

Prado might be in a position to be paid $11 million annually.

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Impending free agent Martin Prado could receive a three-year, $33 million this offseason, according to Today’s Knuckleball’s Jon Heyman.

He’s put together a very nice year at third. And it doesn’t hurt he can play second and left, as well. Early guess: $33M, 3 years.

Prado has had a successful year as the Marlins’ starting third baseman and has performed well since being acquired from the Yankees. However, he has had such an effective year, he might be able to receive an extensive deal this winter.

Prado, 32, is batting .311/.365/.419 with seven home runs and 70 RBIs over 143 games this season. Over close to two full seasons with the Marlins, he has batted an even .300 and driven in 133 runs.

Although Prado’s age might be questioned, the Marlins reportedly have interest in re-signing him. Barry Jackson of The Miami Herald suggested a two-year deal was an option for Prado.

Since the Marlins don’t have much third base depth, they will likely be aggressive in their negotiations with Prado. However, a three-year deal might be too much of a liability despite Prado’s production of late.

Prado is versatile, but the Marlins don’t necessarily need to rely on him to serve as an option at second base or left field. Christian Yelich and Dee Gordon seemingly have those spots secured.

Justin Turner is also scheduled to become a free agent this winter and will likely sign before Prado. As a result, Turner could set the market for third baseman. Heyman predicts Turner will receive a four-year, $60 million deal.

The Marlins seem to be fond of Prado’s clubhouse presence, and as a result, re-signing him could be atop their off-season to-do list. However, a three-year deal might not be an option, in which case the Marlins could be searching for a new third baseman soon.