San Francisco Giants: 3 waiver trade targets the team can still pursue after July 31 deadline

By Matthew Connolly
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Aug 2, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins third baseman Martin Prado (14) connects for a an RBI single during the sixth inning against the San Diego Padres at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Super utility guy: Martin Prado

The Giants made it clear that Joaquin Arias was not going to cut it, but is Ehire Adrianza really the player they want filling out the end of their bench?

Answer: Probably not. Enter Martin Prado, a 10-year MLB veteran whose Marco Scutaro similarities are striking. Like Scutaro back in 2012, Prado is having a down year, and can probably be had with the Marlins headed toward another rebuild. He’s also able to play a handful of positions, though his primary spots—third base and left field—are obviously spoken for. Did I mention they’re both Venezuelan?

The Giants will probably pass if Miami really wants “something big” in exchange. If the Fish change their tune, though, which they should given Prado’s production this year, San Francisco could stomach his hefty salary ($12-14 million depending on the time of the trade).

Ben Zobrist (now a Royal) was the ideal Swiss Army knife on the market, but Prado wouldn’t be a bad consolation prize.

Next: Onto second waiver trade target