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Martín Prado leaves behind a lot of fans in Atlanta.
Martín Prado's addition in this trade was an interesting one, mainly because he is such a well-known player. Typically, trades of this nature revolve around prospects, with perhaps a highly touted player already in the bigs involved.
But Prado was not only one of the best players on the squad, he was one of the most-liked as well. As Frank Wren stated, "He’s such a professional. He’s such a quality person. We’re sad to see him go. It was the toughest decision we had to make." (via AJC)
A second baseman for several years before the Braves signed Dan Uggla, Prado has split time between left field and third base, though favoring the former, over the last two years, and has found time to play second, shortstop and even first base.
Prado was an All-Star in 2010, and he has been a consistent performer. His power numbers (10 HR, 70 RBI) last year aren't amazing, but his .301 batting average was his fourth such season in the last five. He also stole 17 bases, more than doubling his career total before the season.
With Jason Kubel currently occupying left field and Aaron Hill at second base, Prado will likely take over at third base. But don't be surprised to see him get a good amount of playing time at all three positions, or wherever manager Kirk Gibson needs him. And he'll play well, too.
He will probably hit second after speedster Adam Eaton, and his high contact rate will see him frequent the basepaths for the big boppers like Kubel and Paul Goldschmidt, who will continue to use Chase Field's friendly conditions to rack up the runs.