Jim Bowden of ESPN recently put together a list of moves that he believe could happen ahead in this baseball off-seasonand one of them brings an oft-discussed trade candidate of the Atlanta Braves into the AL Central. Martin Prado has been a strong contact hitter for the Braves for the last few years, even making the All-Star Team in 2010. Yet this off-season he’s been discussed with several teams involved, most notably the Colorado Rockies. Yet as Bowden writes, the Tigers might swoop in with a deal to give the Braves and outfielder they need.
He writes, “Manager Fredi Gonzalez still wants a big bat in the middle of his lineup, and the Braves might have to circle back to a trade they already declined. Young would play left field in Atlanta and, if healthy, could be a 20-home run, 100-RBI player. Prado would play third base for the Tigers. However, this would weaken the Braves’ depth behind the injury-prone Chipper Jones. To take Young’s place in Detroit, the Tigers could sign Coco Crisp.”
Prado hit .260 last year with 13 home runs and 57 RBI.