Jon Morosi of FOX Sports reports that the Royals have interest in Marlins infielder Martin Prado, but adds that the Marlins would have to throw in some cash to make any deal work. Prado is owed the remainder of $11 million this year as well as $11 million for the 2016 season.
Prado, 31, spent a little over a month on the disabled list between mid-June and mid-July due to a sprained right shoulder. Coming into Sunday’s game, he had mustered a lackluster .277/.316/.374 triple-slash line with four home runs and 26 RBI in 308 plate appearances.
Prado has plenty of experience at second base, third base, and left field. He could also play first base, shortstop, and right field in a pinch. With the Royals, however, he would likely dethrone Omar Infante, who has had a miserable season, batting .230/.243/.308 in 342 PA.
The Nationals selected the contract of reliever George Kontos from the Atlantic League Long Island Ducks, per an official announcement on Saturday. The right-hander has been assigned to Triple-A Fresno, but could still make his season debut sometime before the first half of the season draws to a close.
Kontos, 33, hasn’t pitched in the majors since he took a handful of back-to-back-to-back gigs with the Pirates, Indians, and Yankees in 2018. He inked a minor league pact with the Cubs over the offseason, but failed to break camp with the team and was subsequently released in mid-April. He turned in seven strong innings for the Ducks since then, allowing one run and one walk and striking out six of 27 batters in six appearances.
Last year, the veteran reliever posted a combined 4.39 ERA, 2.4 BB/9, and 5.1 SO/9 over 26 2/3 innings. While he hasn’t pitched anywhere close to his career-best numbers in four years, he may still provide some valuable depth for the club, whose bullpen ranks 10th best in the league with a cumulative 4.59 ERA and 5.9 fWAR so far in 2019.