With a historically thin free agent market at 3B, the Miami Marlins announced today that they have extended current third-baseman, Martin Prado. The deal is for three years, $40M which would keep the 32 year old veteran on the Marlins until 2019.
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) September 27, 2016
Prado, in his 11th season in the majors, is batting .305 with 7 HR and 73 RBI through 149 games this year. His OPS of .775 is his second highest since 2012 when he was a member of the Atlanta Braves.
The Marlins’ signing of Prado leaves the free agent market at third base dangerously thin. Arguably, the most productive player at this position is Justin Turner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who is also set to hit free agency after this season.
Other 3B set to hit free agency this year include:
- Aaron Hill:
- Luis Valbuena
- Steven Pearce
- Mark Reynolds
- Casey McGehee
- Chris Johnson
- Jose Reyes