An injury-plagued tenure with the Fish will be coming
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to an end after this season."WhiteFanposts Sections News & RumorsAnalysisPodcastsProspects & DraftGame CoverageFull ArchiveMasthead Social Marlins Players on TwitterFish Stripes on InstagramMarlins Media Members Fish Stripes Best of 2018 Marlins StoriesScheduleRosterStatsCommunity Guidelines StubHub 鉁昅iami Marlins Analysis2019 Marlins Season Preview2019 Marlins Season Preview: Mart铆n PradoAn injury-plagued tenure with the Fish will be coming to an end after this season.ESTShareTweetShareShare2019 Marlins Season Preview: Mart铆n PradoAs Mart铆n Prado wraps up a three-year Starlin Castro Jersey , $40 million contract, the Marlins don’t have much to show for their investment. Rotten luck and an aging body have prevented Prado from recapturing his All-Star form. Concerned about the possibility of additional injuries, the 2019 roster was constructed with the understanding that his days as an everyday player are over. Is there really a role for Prado here on the rebuilding Marlins?How did he get here? Traded on December 19, 2014 from the Yankees to the Marlins along with David Phelps and cash considerations for Nathan Eovaldi, Domingo Germ谩n, and Garrett Jones2018 MLB Stats: .244/.287/.305, 1 HR, 18 RBI, 69 OPS+ in 44 G2019 ZiPS Projection: .257/.304/.343, 4 HR, 37 RBI, 80 OPS+ in 96 G Turning 36 years old in October, Mart铆n Prado is the oldest position player currently on the Fish roster (outfielder Curtis Granderson—age 38—is highly likely to take that distinction from him by the end of Spring Training).The trade that brought Prado to Miami wasn’t regrettable. He performed as a well-above-average third baseman in 2015 and 2016 http://www.marlinsfanproshop.com/authentic-starlin-castro-jersey , and endeared himself to teammates, serving as the de facto Marlins captain.Unfortunately, injuries derailed his career almost immediately after the big extension kicked in. Representing his home country of Venezuela, Prado suffered a hamstring injury at the 2017 World Baseball Classic in March. He only participated in 37 games during that regular season.The 2018 campaign was not much better for Prado. He ended up playing in 54 games, showing no ability to drive the ball while striking out at the highest rate of his career. Add quad and abdominal strains to the catalog of injuries that have kept him sidelined for long stretches. For a franchise that has undergone dramatic changes since new ownership took over, Prado is among the handful of players who have remained in place. His immovable contract, which paid out $13.5 million last summer and guarantees $15 million in 2019, has a lot to do with that. If there is one valuable aspect to Prado that the Fish can still utilize, it is his experience. Having been in the majors for parts of 13 seasons, he has seen it all. The wisdom and advice that Prado can instill in this young Marlins team is priceless.Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY SportsPrado just played his first Grapefruit League game on Saturday, starting at first base. The plan for right now is that he and Neil Walker will platoon at that position. Brian Anderson will be back at third base. Prado probably is not going to have great numbers this season—simply avoiding the injured list would be a small miracle. A look at what’s happening around the majors today:DAY OF DECISIONCorey Knebel plans to choose a course of action on his ailing right elbow, potentially sidelining a key part of Milwaukee’s vaunted bullpen for the season.The 27-year-old has a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament. He could have Tommy John surgery and return at some point next year, or try to rehab the injury.“I’ve got all the cards on the table Martin Prado Jersey , and it’s just, ‘Which one?'” Knebel said Thursday.Knebel had 16 saves and a 3.58 ERA last season, plus a sparkling 0.90 ERA in nine playoff appearances. He was an All-Star in 2017 with 39 saves and a 1.78 ERA.REMEMBER ME?Charlie Morton, who won Game 7 of the 2017 World Series for Houston shortly after winning Game 7 of the AL Championship Series, faces his former team. Morton went 15-3 with a 3.13 ERA for the Astros last season, then became a free agent and signed a two-year deal with Tampa Bay. He will oppose Gerrit Cole (15-5, 2.88 ERA last year) at Tropicana Field.“There’s an element of emotion attributed to this start that wouldn’t be there if I was pitching against a team that I didn’t know on a personal level,” the new Rays right-hander said. “Whether or not it’s a challenge or a benefit, I don’t know.”LA LONGBALLSThe Dodgers set a major league record by hitting eight home runs on opening day against Arizona, and try to keep up the power surge vs. Diamondbacks lefty Robbie Ray.Joc Pederson and Enrique Hernandez each connected twice at Dodger Stadium as the team tied the franchise mark for homers in any game. Ray looked sharp in spring training, striking out 32 in 16 1/3 innings.MARATHON MANNathan Eovaldi throws his first pitch that counts since a Herculean effort for Boston in the World Series. Last October, he made relief appearances in the first two games against the Dodgers and then, after one day of rest http://www.marlinsfanproshop.com/authentic-starlin-castro-jersey , worked into his seventh inning and threw 97 pitches in Game 3, giving up a winning home run in the 18th. Eovaldi, who’d had two Tommy John surgeries, was saluted by the Red Sox for saving the bullpen and putting them in position to wrap up the title.Eovaldi was rewarded with a $68 million, four-year deal. He’ll start at Seattle against Yusei Kikuchi, who pitched well last week in becoming the first Japanese-born player to make his big league debut in his homeland.HALO, THEREMatt Harvey makes his AL debut when he starts for the Angels against the A’s at the Coliseum. Harvey, the former Mets ace who helped reboot his career last summer in Cincinnati, signed an $11 million, one-year deal with Los Angeles in December.Harvey will face Athletics slugger Khris Davis, who led the majors with 48 home runs last year. Davis homered on opening day last week in Japan and connected again Thursday in a win over the Angels.