Sources: Tigers interested in Prado
With Aaron Hill returning to the Diamondbacks on a two-year, $11 million deal, the Tigers believe they may need to turn to the trade market to fill their opening at second base.
The Tigers are interested in Atlanta’s Martin Prado, sources say. He’s available, too.
Prado started at second base for the National League in the 2010 All-Star Game, but his production declined this year as he battled injuries and dealt with a position switch to left field. He has a career .801 OPS when batting first, and Detroit is looking for a leadoff man.
In what could be a related development, sources say the Tigers are willing to trade left fielder Delmon Young for the right second baseman. At this point, though, it’s not known if the Braves have serious interest in Young.
Young supplied run production for Detroit down the stretch, following an August trade with the Twins, but the Tigers are concerned about his defense in Comerica Park’s expansive left field.
With a number of teams looking for outfield power, Detroit should be able to move Young. That would free up a lineup spot for the Tigers to pursue a more athletic outfielder, such as free agent Coco Crisp. Comerica is big enough that it may be wise for the Tigers to have two center fielders, to play center and left.
Young will be a free agent after the 2012 season, Prado after 2013. Young will earn more than Prado in salary arbitration next year.