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Colorado Rockies Offer Seth Smith to Atlanta Braves in Exchange for Martin Prado

November 22nd, 2011 at 11:43 PM
By Cody Fields

Frank Wren has already made it known that Martin Prado is available to be traded if it makes the Atlanta Braves a better team. The Colorado Rockies have responded by offering Seth Smith, the Denver Post reports.

Smith, who spent time in left and right field last season, hit .284 in 147 games with 15 home runs and 59 RBIs. Those numbers are very similar to Prado's 162-game average of .293/13/66, but even though Prado has struggled through a number of injuries the past two seasons, Smith is a .257 career hitter away from Coors Field.

That, combined with Smith's .202 average against lefties, may sink the deal, regardless of how well Matt Diaz could perform in a platoon situation.

The Braves have reportedly already turned down an offer from the Detroit Tigers for Prado involving Delmon Young, who would provide comparable numbers for more money and a year less of control, so it is safe to assume that Wren is looking for a very strong return. It seems the Rockies may no be able to offer that with Smith alone.

Prado hit a career worst .260 in 2011 while being hampered by a staph infection in his right leg. He had previously hit over .300 for three straight seasons.

Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Colorado Rockies, Martin Prado, MLB, Seth Smith

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