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MLB Trade Rumors: Should Cincinnati Reds Pursue Braves' Martin Prado?

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 14:  Alex Gonzalez #2 of the Atlanta Braves celebrates his three-run homer in the seventh inning against the Florida Marlins that scored Brian McCann #16 and Martin Prado #14 at Turner Field on September 14, 2011 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Cliff EasthamSenior Writer IIDecember 28, 2011

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.

The Detroit Tigers have also shown interest in the 28 year-old Venezuelan.

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.

Defensively he more than filled the position. His UZR/150 is better than Drew Stubbs, Jay Bruce and Chris Heisey. I am not completely sold on Sabermetrics but that is a stat that many people go by.

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.

Prado is a valuable asset to any club because of his versatility. He can spell Brandon Phillips at second base, Scott Rolen at third base, and he has played 50+ games at first base as well.

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.

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