Kansas City is seeking a versatile infield and outfield piece and might make a push to add one before the end of next week. Martin Prado has drawn a notable amount of interest over the past few weeks, and according to FOX Sports' Jon Morosi, the Royals have shown interest in adding Prado.
Miami acquired Prado from the Yankees last December in the deal that sent Nathan Eovaldi to New York. Prado is due $11 million this season and $11 million in 2016, however the Yankees are paying $3 million of that this season and next year. Although the Yankees are paying a portion of Prado's remaining contract, Morosi adds the Marlins would likely have to include cash in any deal involving Prado.
Prado, 31, has had success with the Marlins to this point in 2015, posting a .277/.316/.374 batting line to complement four home runs and 26 RBIs through 72 games. He has spent time on the disabled list with a shoulder injury and though he was signed to play third base has made several starts at second base in the absence of Dee Gordon.
The Marlins are expected to consider dealing several of their veteran players after already trading Steve Cishek on Friday. Michael Morse, Mat Latos, and Dan Haren are among the Marlins drawing interest, and although CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported the Marlins were not open to dealing Prado, he might be available in the right deal.
Although Prado might yield a pair of prospects, Miami might be hesitant to deal him because of a lack of third base depth. The Marlins traded third base prospect Colin Moran to Houston last July and the club has Casey McGehee to play third base if Prado is traded before the end of next week. Derek Dietrich could also play third base in the event that Prado is dealt, however Dietrich is also reportedly drawing interest and could be traded.
The Royals have Mike Moustakas to play third base, however Omar Infante has struggled offensively and Prado could fill in at second base. Alex Rios has also failed to produce consistently to this point in 2015, and Prado can play in the outfield while Kansas City waits for Alex Gordon to return from the disabled list. It might not take much to acquire Prado and he could help the Royals fill several holes.