Mariners Analysis: 5 Players the M’s Should Target in Trades

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Jun 3, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins third baseman Martin Prado (14) connects for an RBI single during the sixth inning against the Chicago Cubs at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Martin Prado, UTL Miami Marlins

I have always been a Martin Prado fan. He is a lot like Zobrist. An argument can be made that there is no place for Prado on this roster seeing as most of his experience is at third base, second base and left field. The Mariners could entertain the idea of playing him at shortstop where he has 15 games of experience, most recently in 2012. He is a reliable veteran presence.

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He has a lifetime OPS of .763. That number goes up to .807 when he is batting leadoff. He could replace Dustin Ackley, who has an OPS of .573, over 100 points fewer than the 31 year-old Prado has this season. Prado is a guy who has over 1100 career hits, 240 career doubles and 500 runs scored. He has quietly been one of the most reliable hitters around.

Last season Prado finished with an OPS of .733 with 12 home runs and a .282 batting average with the Arizona Diamondbacks and New York Yankees. He can serve as a leader on this team.

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