Besides the Yankees needing help on the pitching front (is Chase Whitley hitting a rookie wall or are the good times over?) they could use another infielder. Brian Roberts has been better lately, and with regular playing time, Kelly Johnson has improved too. The Yankees still need more of a solution, especially considering the decline in recent weeks of Yangervis Solarte, along with someone who can play multiple other positions.
The Arizona Diamondbacks have a For Sale sign up after their abysmal season. A guy who would make a lot of sense, according to the Daily News’ Bill Maddon is Martin Prado. I agree with Maddon on this.
He’s slated to make $11 million per the next two seasons after this one. Prado has made the all-star team once, and hit over .300 four times in his career. Prado, like many of the Diamondbacks, isn’t hitting as well this year. He’s at .271/.318/.368 with just three homers and 35 RBI so far this season. Prado is one of those guys who’s value increases when he’s on a better team. He can play everywhere but catcher and he’s a guy you can hit anywhere in the lineup.
The question, as always, is what kind of market Prado will have if available, and what the cost will be to get him. Also, who did the Yankees get to pitch in the rotation, and how much did it cost to get that pitcher? Obviously, the priority should be a pitcher. Once they get that, the Yankees should add a bad (or two) and Prado might be a pretty good choice for it.