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Atlanta Braves Trade Rumors: Detroit Tigers Interested In Martin Prado

The title of this update may include the Detroit Tigers, but at this point it seems like every team in baseball has interest in Martin Prado. And why wouldn't they? Prado is capable of playing every position in the field other than catcher and shortstop and he earned a reputation with the Braves for being a player who gave it his all every day of the week.

Jon Morosi has the report:

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.

The Tigers potentially have big needs at second base and in the outfield, so it's no wonder they would ask about Prado. 

As for what the Braves would want in return, it better not be Delmon Young. His career numbers are worse than Prado's and his defense in left field would become a huge liability. When one considers that Young will earn more money in 2012 through arbitration, the deal would make absolutely no sense.

As Jacob Petersen of Talking Chop pointed out, Atlanta could have claimed Young multiple times in recent seasons and passed on the opportunity to do so. This is even further proof that a deal is highly unlikely to happen.

The Tigers have a decent farm system that could intrigue the Braves, but Atlanta would require a lot for their versatile outfielder. With so many teams interested in Martin, Frank Wren should be able to get a lot for him.

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