Bob Nightengale of USA Today has reported that the Yankees have inquired about Miami Marlins’ players Martín Prado and Justin Bour.
The Marlins are looking to rebuild once again, having already traded Adeiny Hechavarría to Tampa Bay. Prado, a former Yankee utility man, and Bour, a lefty-swinging first baseman, would fit well in the Bronx. However, there are some issues.
Prado has been limited to just 21 games so far this year with a hamstring strain suffered in the World Baseball Classic. He is slashing .277/.299/.398 in those games. He also is not cheap. He is signed through 2019, and is still owed $28.5 million after this season. At age 33, he also does not fit into the Yankee future plans. This trade would only work if the Marlins give the Yankees some kind of salary relief on Prado.Embed from Getty Images
Bour, on the other hand, seems like he would be a perfect fit. Slashing .293/.365/.572 with 18 home runs and 50 RBIs, the 29-year-old would be under team control until 2021. Players of that talent level with that kind of control are not cheap, unfortunately. The Yankees would have to put together a strong package to acquire Bour. But, his left-handed power swing would do incredibly well at Yankee Stadium.Embed from Getty Images
Any discussions between the two teams are preliminary. They have been trade partners before, as the Yankees traded Prado and David Phelps to Miami for Nathan Eovaldi, Garrett Jones and Domingo Germán. It would be interesting to see if the Yankees repurpose young prospects in order to acquire MLB-ready talent. I personally don’t think either player is worth it yet.