Prado returns to NL East

Martin’s now a Marlin, acquired along with David Phelps from the Yankees for Nate Eovaldi and Garrett Jones. I still miss Martin, and seeing him 20-plus times a year in a Marlins uniform is going to smart. The Fish may still end up signing James Shields, and if they do they will give the Nats…

Retiring #10 and welcoming back #14

Arizona’s first visit to Atlanta next year will coincide with the retirement of Chipper’s #10: June 28. It’ll be nice to see Martin get a standing O from a full house — recognition he deserves.

Hank on Prado

(via DOB) “You hate to lose Prado. He was one of my (favorites). I mean, to me, I think you’ve got to go a long ways in order to beat him, to find somebody who can play all the positions as well as he plays them. To bring what he brings to the clubhouse, and…

KMed just said on 680 about how trade was bittersweet because they lost Prado “Everybody has a man crush on that guy.” — David O’Brien (@ajcbraves) January 25, 2013

Head, heart divided on Prado deal

Do the intangibles matter? Do strikeouts not? Depends on your school of thought. I think they can both be true. Having a player who serves as an example for others by the way he plays the game is a plus — but it doesn’t compare with talent. Justin Upton could win an MVP this year….

The new face of the Braves

Nothing against Brian McCann, whose time in Atlanta is probably nearing an end, but the new face of the Braves is Martin Prado. Few people seem to realize that, but fortunately Frank Wren does. #Braves Wren on Prado: “He’s a Brave. He cares about the organization. He cares about the team.” Wren thinks his ideal…

Braves working on long-term deal for Martin

Looks like the Office’s favorite Brave will be with the organization for awhile. The Braves are going to try to sign Martin Prado to a multi-year deal, given his current standing as heir to Chipper Jones’s spot at third. — Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) July 17, 2012 Martin is a credit to the organization. He never…

The captain

I don’t think there’s any doubt Martin Prado cares. He always plays hard, never complains and, when healthy, is consistently clutch. I hope he remains a Brave for years to come. Obviously his teammates agree. Martin Prado enters #Bravesclubhouse and is hugged and/or handshaked (sic?) by EVERYONE from minor leaguers to elder veterans. #popular —…

Dan Duquette must be drunk

From MLB Trade Rumors: The Braves and Orioles discussed a possible Adam Jones trade recently, but talks didn’t progress far, ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick reports (Twitter links). The Orioles wanted at least two of Brandon Beachy, Mike Minor, Julio Teheran, Arodys Vizcaino and Randall Delgado and the Braves weren’t interested, Crasnick writes. I don’t think I’d…

Braves did NOT offer Prado and JJ for Adam Jones

Mark Bowman reports: The Braves expressed interest in Adam Jones. But they did not offer Martin Prado and Jair Jurrjens to the Orioles in exchange for the outfielder. A source with knowledge of the Orioles negotiations disputed a Baltimore Sun report that indicated the Braves were rejected when they offered Prado, Jurrjens and a pitching…

Braves, O’s working on a deal?

According to Ken Rosenthal, “the Orioles and Braves have discussed a deal that included both Jurrjens and Prado.” I wouldn’t mind having Adam Jones, 26, but he’s not as good as you think — last year’s .466 slugging percentage was a career-high while his .319 OBP matched his average over parts of six seasons. Advanced…

Trade proposal du jour

I’m against trading Martin Prado for the hell of it but not against listening. Same with JJ. This proposed swap would bring cheap talent and would answer the Braves’ lingering questions. Braves trade Jurrjens to Reds and Prado to Rockies; Reds send Chris Heisey, Todd Frazier and Yonder Alonso to Braves; Rockies deal Seth Smith…

If Rox want Prado FW should insist on Dexter Fowler

On June 20 Dexter Fowler found himself in Triple-A, demoted with a .238 BA and only two steals in 8 attempts. He was 3-for-33 at Colorado Springs amid discussion he was no longer in the organization’s long-term plans. He returned to Colorado a few weeks later and, over the next two-and-a-half months, collected 22 doubles,…

Prado for Delmon Young rumor not even worth considering

Yes, Delmon Young looked impressive hitting those five homers in nine playoff games last month. And yes, the overall No. 1 pick of the 2003 draft has more raw ability than Martin, as he demonstrated in 2010 with a career-best .298, BA, 21 HR and 112 RBI. But talk of a Prado for Young trade…

Rumored Colorado offer for Prado doesn’t thrill me

Seth Smith and CF prospects Charlie Blackmon/Tim Wheeler for Martin? I’d require Wheeler as the second player in that deal and even then I’m not sold. At first glance, the Braves should jump at the chance. After all, Smith, 29, boasts an .833 lifetime OPS and is coming off a solid campaign. Take away games…

Don’t trade Martin

On second thought, the Braves should hold onto Martin, unless someone is willing to overpay. Consider: More teams than not need a third baseman. Aramis Ramirez will be dramatically overpaid by one of those teams. The Braves will likely need a full-time replacement for Chipper in 2013. Why trade Prado now when you’ll have to…

Braves offer JJ and Prado for Myers and Cain; Dayton says no

An interesting deal that would’ve given the Braves two solid prospects and saved $10 million. But the Royals won’t give up Myers, according to the Kansas City Star’s Bob Dutton. Talks between FW and Dayton have stalled, he reports. More on this later.

Rumor started by Rowland might come true

Back in August I suggested the Braves trade JJ to the Royals for third base prospect Mike Moustakas. Then, last week, I pulled a Romney, saying “a bolder move, such as trading JJ, will have to wait until Tommy Hanson is back and pitching pain-free,” though I did pitch a Martin for Carlos Quentin deal….

Why I’ll never boo Martin

The dude cares. Too much, perhaps, but how many professional athletes can you say that about? The Braves left fielder is struggling mightily, and he doesn’t hide the fact  it’s eating at him. He’s hit .220 with one homer and a .273 on-base percentage in 150 at-bats during his past 36 games. “People think that…

Florida Evans alert

The offense just got a little more flaccid — Martin’s on the DL with a staph infection.