Boston Red Sox Rumors: Is Martin Prado the answer at third base?

MIAMI, FL - JUNE 29: Martin Prado
MIAMI, FL - JUNE 29: Martin Prado /

The Boston Red Sox are looking to make an improvement at third base and Marlins third baseman Martin Prado could be the answer.

Boston Red Sox President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski isn’t afraid to make trades.  Fans are just hoping he won’t continue to give up top prospects for quick fixes that may or may not work out.

The track record has been mixed so far for Dombrowski, so any trade he makes in an attempt to improve his first-place team will have to be sensible without coming at a high price.

One of those areas of improvement is at third base.  According to Bob Nightengale of USA Today, the Boston Red Sox continue to show interest in Miami Marlins third baseman Martin Prado.

The 33-year-old third baseman is hitting .283 with two homers and 12 RBIs in an injury shortened season.  The $28.5 million he is owed after this season adds to reasons why the Marlins may be looking to unleash him.  The money is also a reason the Red Sox may shy away.

Do the Red Sox need a quick fix at third?

With Pablo Sandoval on the DL due to an ear infection, the Red Sox have been looking to solve the third base issue all season long.  While there have been rumors centered around a possible deal for Todd Frazier, players like Deven Marrero and recently Tzu-Wei Lin have played well at the position.

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Neither player provides the power typically produced from the position, but are both fundamentally strong on defense and provide enough offensively for the team to survive without making a big deal.

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In fact, Lin has been a big surprise and may just be the story of the summer due to the lack of expectations involved with his call up.

"“When I first got called up, the first day, when I got into the clubhouse, the only thing that was in my mind about performance was, ‘How can I help the team to win a game?’” Lin said, via the Boston Herald.  “I didn’t really worry about stats, numbers or how I performed.  The bottom line is, ‘Will I be able to contribute anything from a different perspective to help the team?’”"

So far in his brief career he has helped the team.  He may even prevent the team from doing something drastic to improve a position that is fine as is…for now.

That does include taking on the contract of Martin Prado.

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