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The Braves want to lock up Martin Prado

Jul 17, 2012, 6:54 PM EDT

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The Braves had both Martin Prado and Jair Jurrjens up for bids over the winter before declining to trade either. Jurrjens’ status with the team going forward remains unsettled, but in light of Prado’s strong campaign, the Braves are hoping to lock their No. 2 hitter up to a long-term deal, ESPN’s Buster Olney reports.

The plan almost certainly will be to have Prado take over at third base next year with Chipper Jones headed off to retirement. The 28-year-old has played mostly left field this season, but he has made 16 starts at third in place of Chipper. Overall, he’s hit .318/.376/.451 in 337 at-bats. If he keeps it up, it’d be the third time in his four full seasons that he’s batted over .300, with only 2011′s disappointing .260/.302/.385 campaign standing out.

Prado is making $4.75 million this year and should be in line for $6 million-$7 million next year in his final season of arbitration. If the Braves can sign him for that same kind of annual salar for three years, such a pact wouldn’t be a bad idea. They have an intriguing third-base prospect in Edward Salcedo, but he’s just 20 and he could still go either way.

  1. cranbery - Jul 17, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    Sounds like a great plan to me…………he is Great!

  2. townballblog - Jul 17, 2012 at 7:31 PM

    I’d say the Braves would look pretty smart if they do.

  3. buffalomafia - Jul 17, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    Sounds great! But they should get quality 3rd baseman before deadline?!

    • foreverchipper10 - Jul 19, 2012 at 11:58 AM

      No.

  4. foreverchipper10 - Jul 19, 2012 at 11:58 AM

    Please get this done.

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