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 Arizona Diamondbacks — employer of All-Star Ketel Marte — are about to double their Marte pleasure, with multiple outlets reporting that they are on the verge of acquiring Pirates outfield Starling Marte in a trade. Making it a Marte par-tay in Phoenix.
Starling Marte is coming off a .295/.342/.503 season in which he hit 23 homers and stole 25 bases while manning center field for the Buccos. Center is where Ketel played most of last season, but with Starling on the roster, Ketel would likely move back to second base.
Heading back to Pittsburgh, prospects Liover Peguero and Brennan Malone, each of whom are generally considered to be top-10-ish prospects for Pittsburgh, but not likely top-5-ish. They’ll rank higher in the Pirates’ thinner farm system. Peguero is a shortstop who just turned 19 and hasn’t played above A-ball. Malone, also 19, is a righty pitcher who was the 33rd overall selection in last year’s draft.