Would the Marlins consider bringing back Martin Prado for this coming season to help mentor their young players for the future?
The Miami Marlins may be in the market for one more veteran bat this off-season. While the front office has done a good job to acquire more hitters for the middle of the lineup, there could be room for one more stick on the bench.
Kit Anderson of atlallday.com recently wrote a story that makes a lot of sense for the Braves also makes sense here in Miami. Would Atlanta take a shot and bring back Martin Prado this coming season, adding his veteran leadership on the field and in the clubhouse? By the same token, since Prado, 36, has not officially announced his retirement from the game why wouldn’t the front office in South Florida see if there’s any interest in a reunion for 2020?
As it was reported back in November, by both Marlin Maniac and Call to the Pen, It was believed Prado would retire we’re his greatest success took place in Atlanta. Well with the Marlins, he played multiple positions, mainly at third base, and served as a mentor to young and developing players. He is considered one of the most respected ballplayers in team history and essentially served as a coach on the diamond.
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"As David Hill wrote, “During his major league career, Martin Prado was the type of player any franchise would like to have. Despite his limited power, Prado was a solid hitter, showing excellent contact skills and a strong batting eye. He was also versatile defensively, spending time around the infield and at both corner outfield positions. In a perfect world, Prado was the perfect utility man.”"
His swing and defense may not be what it used to be, but as a fill-in player and somebody to come off the bench late in the game, his knowledge and skillset would be perfect with what the Marlins have done this off-season in Hot Stove and free agency.
Prado spent the past five seasons in a Marlins uniform after spending the 2014 season with both Arizona and the New York Yankees. He earned $15 million last season in the final year of his contract before he became a free agent.