The Cincinnati Reds are still supposedly in the hunt for a decent left fielder.
The Atlanta Braves have shown interest in using All-Star infielder/left fielder Martin Prado as trade material in several different deals. They have reportedly been discussing a deal with the Colorado Rockies for Seth Smith.
Prado earned approximately $3M in 2011. Fangraphs projects him to earn around $4.5M in arbitration in 2012. He would remain under club control until 2013.
The price is not staggering for a .293 lifetime hitter. He is a right-handed hitter who bats .300+ against RH pitchers and holds own against southpaws (.273).
In his All-Star year of 2010, Prado produced a line of .307/.350/.459 with 15 HR and 66 RBI. Her also collected 184 H and scored 100 R.
I don’t know what the Braves would look for in return. It was rumored that the Baltimore Orioles were working on a deal with the Braves concerning Adam Jones. The O’s wanted Jair Jurrjens, Prado and at least two more players in return. Of course the Braves didn’t bite.
The Reds have freed up a little money by mortgaging away the farm this winter. I don’t think it is a matter of can they afford Prado, but rather would they like to barter away a few more good players.
Maybe it would be a good time to unload (Willy Mo) Juan Francisco. They will need a man at the hot corner when Chipper Jones finally calls it a career. He and another prospect or two, such as Louisville pitcher Daryl Thompson and maybe Dayton outfielder Drew Poulk.
I don’t know if the Braves would go for it but it is at least something to think about while sitting around the fire.