The Royals made waves today with their acquisition of Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto, but it appears they still have work to do before the July 31 trade deadline with Jon Morosi tweeting they are interested in Marlins infielder Martin Prado. The 31-year old Prado is hitting .277/.316/.374 with 4 HR 26 RBI and 1.2 fWAR in 308 plate appearances. Prado is a ten-year Major League veteran originally from the Braves organization from when Dayton Moore was Director of Player Personnel. Over his career he is a lifetime .290/.338/.425 hitter with the Braves, Diamondbacks, Yankees, and Marlins.
Prado is capable of playing all over the field, although he has played primarily third base this season. The right-handed hitter fits in the Royals team philosophy as a low-walk (4.5% ratio), low-strikeout (12.3%) hitter. Prado will earn $11 million this season, although the Yankees are paying $3 million of his salary. Morosi reports the Royals would need the Marlins to eat more money to make a deal possible.