Every Marlins fan should know that the Marlins front office loves fire sales. It appears that Miami is about to embark on another fire sale, as they've made plenty of players available. According to USA TODAY’s Bob Nightengale, the Yankees and Red Sox are interested in Marlins third baseman Martin Prado.
Prado just recently returned from injury, and he's only played in 21 games this season. Prado was coming off a very successful 2016 season, where he batted .305 with 75 RBI. The Red Sox desperately need help at third base, as Pablo Sandoval was placed on the DL.
Sandoval has been ineffective when healthy, as he's compiled only 59 RBI and 14 homers since joining Boston three years ago. Boston has used six other third baseman this year, and they clearly want someone as consistent as Prado. The Yankees could also use help at third, as Chase Headley has long under-performed at the position.
The Yankees are also interested in Marlins first baseman Justin Bour. First baseman Greg Bird has only played 19 games this season, and Chris Carter was just designated for assignment. Bour has 18 homers and 50 RBI this season. He also appears to have solved his issues against left-handed pitchers as he’s hitting a robust .340 against them this year with six home runs and 15 RBI in a little under 60 plate appearances.
According to a source close to USA TODAY, the Marlins are not looking to trade Bour, J.T. Riddle, or J.T Realmuto, but they will listen to offers.
The Marlins have already traded one starter this week, when Adeiny Hechavarria was sent to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for two minor leaguers. With bidders trying to purchase the Marlins, Miami is trying to create salary cap space to help complete the deal.