One of the Miami Marlins’ biggest offseason moves it wanted to make was to re-sign veteran infielder Martin Prado to keep cohesion on the team’s roster. The club announced that Prado had agreed to a three-year extension.
Per a story on MLB.com, the Marlins don't announce financial terms, but MLB.com has confirmed that the package is for $40 million.
Prado had been a pending free agent, but for months the Marlins had expressed to the veteran infielder they that wanted him to stay.
Miami has a commitment to retain most of its core players. Prado is now signed long term, as are Giancarlo Stanton, Dee Gordon and Christian Yelich. Catcher J.T. Realmuto, who has yet to reach arbitration eligibility, is regarded as a untouchable player in any potential trade possibilities.
Prado can fill many roles on the roster for the team, which makes him that much more valuable. He also showed he could step in and manager the ball club in a pinch, as he did on the final day of the major league season.
"We're extremely excited that Martin is going to be back," manager Don Mattingly said. "It puts another solid foundation block with the foundation that we already have. With Christian, with Giancarlo, with Realmuto, Dee Gordon. I can keep naming names with that foundation, that core group of players."
Prado signed with the Atlanta Braves as a non-drafted free agent on February 23, 2001. He played in the Braves' Dominican program in 2001 and 2002, and came to the United States to join the Gulf Coast League in 2003. He had played for the Arizona Diamondbacks and the New York Yankees before he returned to south Florida.
On December 19, 2014, the Yankees traded Prado and David Phelps to the Miami Marlins for Nathan Eovaldi, Garrett Jones, and Domingo German.