Report: Marlins to acquire Martin Prado
The Marlins introduced three of their newest acquisitions on Friday, welcoming Michael Morse, Dee Gordon and Mat Latos to Marlins Park, and it appears they’re not done reshaping their roster.
According to the YES Network, the Yankees are “on the verge” of trading Prado to the Marlins in exchange for right-hander Nathan Eovaldi. According to the Miami Herald, the deal will actually send Eovaldi and Garrett Jones to New York in exchange for Prado and right-hander David Phelps.
The Yankees will also receive Marlins pitching prospect Domingo German, according to the New York Post.
In Eovaldi, the Yankees would gain a young, hard-throwing starter to bolster the back of their rotation. The right-hander posted a 3.39 ERA in 2013. That figure jumped to 4.37 last season, but Eovaldi still managed to throw 199 2/3 innings for the Marlins. Eovaldi will be 25 years old next season, and he’s not eligible for free agency until 2018.
In return, Miami would receive a versatile veteran infielder in Prado. The 31-year-old likely will play third for the Marlins, who have added Morse at first and Gordon at second while returning Adeiny Hechavarria at shortstop and Casey McGehee at third.
Prado hit .282/.321/.412 last year with the D-backs and Yankees and was presumed to be New York’s starting second baseman heading into next season. That job could instead fall to Jose Pirela or prospect Rob Refsnyder.
Jones, a lefty hitter, put together a .246/.309/.411 batting line with 15 homers last year. He was expected to fill in at first base and right field for the Marlins and could do the same for the Yankees, who have injury concerns at those positions with Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran.
Rounding out the deal, Phelps can pitch out of the rotation or bullpen as he did for the Yankees the last three years. The right-hander went 5-5 with a 4.38 ERA in 113 innings over 32 appearances (17 starts).
German, 22, went 9-3 with a 2.48 ERA and 113 strikeouts in 123 1/3 innings over 25 starts for Class A Greensboro last year.