Blue Jays trade rumors: Toronto scouting Aaron Hill, Martin Prado

Joe Sargent

The D-Backs could unload either infielder to the Jays, who are actively looking for infield help.

In their search for infield help, the Blue Jays are heavily scouting Diamondbacks' infielders Aaron Hill and Martin Prado, according to ESPN.com's Jim Bowden. Bowden also notes that the Jays have been looking at Chase Headley, as Justin Millar wrote a week ago.

Toronto is looking for second and third base help in the wake of Brett Lawrie's injury, and has been relying on Juan Francisco and Munenori Kawasaki in those spots over the last few weeks. As they currently sit tied for first place in the AL East, the Jays are expected to be aggressive at the trade deadline, especially in regards to infielders.

A deal for Hill would represent a reunion between the two sides; the 32-year old spent the first 6.5 seasons of his major league career in Toronto before being dealt to Arizona in 2011. Hill has struggled a bit at the plate this season, hitting only .248 with 6 HR and 42 RBI in 82 games, but could intrigue the Jays due to their familiarity with what he brings to the table.

Prado, 30, has hit .268 with 3 HR and 34 RBI to start his second season in Arizona. The former All-Star is primarily a third baseman who would supply an immediate upgrade for the Jays, and seems like an ideal trade candidate for the D-Backs, who are planning on being aggressive sellers.

If the D-Backs were to unload either Hill or Prado in a deal, they would likely have to send some cash along because both players are under team control through the 2016 season. Hill is owed more than $29M over that span, while Prado's deal calls for him to be paid over $27M in the next 2.5 seasons.

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