Jun 9, 2015; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Miami Marlins third baseman Martin Prado (14) reacts to a hit during the first inning in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. The Toronto Blue Jays won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports
3. Marlins make a surprising, bold trade at the trade deadline
Alright, so here is the amended bold prediction I promised. The Miami Marlins are not contenders and aren’t going to be looking to add any pieces to the core for this season. But that doesn’t mean they won’t be looking to add pieces to the team next season.
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While names like a Dan Haren and a Mat Latos are expected to be sold by the Marlins for whatever they can get at the trade deadline, the Marlins could shake things up if they put Martin Prado on the block.
Prado is usually a highly sought after name, due to his clubhouse leadership, consistent play, and versatility to play multiple positions. Besides Ben Zobrist, players like Prado are not easy to find.
If the Marlins were to trade Prado and package him with Mat Latos, maybe the team could get a bigger return to help boost not only their farm system, but also their talent level for the 2016 season and beyond.
A Prado-Latos package could make sense for many contenders, like the Blue Jays, Cubs, and Orioles. If the team can come away with a decent package from any of those teams, they’ll be better off in the long-run.
The team says Prado is not available right now, which makes sense. He still fits into what the team wants to do in 2016. But for the right price, usually everyone becomes available.
Could they shock the baseball world with another bold trade this July?
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