Veteran infielder Martin Prada has reportedly decided to hang up the cleats after fifteen seasons in the big leagues. Prada spent his last five seasons with the Miami Marlins, where he has been injury-plagued, and that has held him back from finishing out with as strong of a career as he would have liked. He also spent time with the Atlanta Braves, Arizona Diamondbacks, and New York Yankees over his career.
Martin Prado has told friends he will likely retire. Very nice career, fine leader but last few years were injury plagued.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 6, 2019
It was reported that Prada was going to hang it up after playing in 104 games for the Marlins in 2019. He managed a .233/.265/.294 slash line with only two big flies and fifteen RBI for the Marlins. Prado’s best years were in the past, like 2010 when he was an All-Star for the Atlanta Braves. Since then, Prado has been stuck on a rebuilding team that is quite far away, but after fifteen seasons, he has decided it’s time to step away. At thirty-six years old, Prado is a free agent and is choosing to call it quits rather than testing the markets. He will finish his career with a career batting average of .287 with 100 home runs, 609 RBI, and a WAR of 28.1.
The Marlins are still far from the competitive level that they would hope to be at, the transactions they make can reflect that. The signing of the Mesa brothers (Victor Mesa and Victor Victor Mesa) was a youth movement for the Marlins. However, the 2019 trade deadline saw them ship off one of their younger prospects in Jazz Chisholm to the Arizona Diamondbacks in exchange for starting pitcher Zac Gallen.