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The Rockies and Braves are talking about Martin Prado

Nov 10, 2011, 9:44 AM EDT

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Troy Renck of the Denver Post hears that the Rockies are talking to the Braves about Martin Prado.

The idea, Renck says, would be to put Prado in at second base full time, which is something he can’t do in Atlanta anymore now that Dan Uggla is around.  The Rockies may be a good match for the Braves, what with their outfield depth and the Braves’ lack thereof.  Renck mentions Seth Smith as a possibility in return. Charlie Blackmon, a center field prospect could be another possibility.

Prado suffered a sharp decline in 2011 with the shift to left field and nagging injuries cutting into his production.  Still, he’s still young and has shown that, when he’s on, he has a nice bat which would look way better at second base than it does in left field.

  1. mondogarage - Nov 10, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    Now this would be a very interesting idea indeed….

  2. Alex K - Nov 10, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Seth Smith for Martin Prado seems pretty fair. They hit similarly (Prado more average, but OBP are similar) and while neither are great defenders they are adequate.

  3. shawnuel - Nov 10, 2011 at 11:23 AM

    And for those of us with Prado on our rotisserie teams, the move to Coors is a nice bonus!

  4. Walk - Nov 10, 2011 at 12:06 PM

    This is a case of the braves trading for another problem if they do this. Nothing wrong with smith as a player but if they do this they get another left handed hitting of for a team that struggles against left handed pitching. Heyward still has prospective value, hinske is a great pinch hitter and fills in at first and lf and rf, and bourne is hopefully resigned after this year. Prado is currently a man without a clear position. Smith will just be adding to that problem and may very well be the next without a position.

  5. frenchysplatediscipline - Nov 10, 2011 at 12:08 PM

    Personally I think the Braves are making a mistake here. Prado had an off year, but as 2010 showed he has good potential. However, he also is a spark plug for that team and a good clubhouse guy – who do you think came up with the ‘mud baths’ the braves used to celebrate walk off wins?

    I think in the long run Prado is worth more than Seth Smith and the next 2 years will show that…

  6. tmohr - Nov 10, 2011 at 2:32 PM

    Outside Coors, Smith’s career line is 257/332/418, or not much better than Prado’s off season last year.

    Seems like a bad move for the Braves.

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