The Braves agreed to terms on a one-year contract with Martin Prado on Friday, avoiding arbitration.
The deal, which will pay Prado $4.75 million, has no real bearing on the whether the Braves end up trading him because any conversations have come with the understanding that Prado would draw this kind of salary for 2012.
But the closer the Braves get to spring training, the more apparent it seems neither he or Jair Jurrjens is going anywhere, despite their mention in multiple trade scenarios.
“We had a number of discussions today and will continue to explore other opportunities,” Braves general manager Frank Wren said Friday, speaking in general terms after signing shortstop Jack Wilson. “But as we’ve said all along, if we could add a backup shortstop, we would feel our team is ready to go to spring training. If we can improve it, we’ll look to do that, but this was the last thing that we had to do.”
The Braves have three remaining arbitration-eligible players: Jurrjens, Michael Bourn and Eric O’Flaherty.
When asked about the likelihood of making a trade before the Braves opened spring training, Wren acknowledges the chances grow smaller by the day.
“I think every day that goes by it’s probably less likely,” he said. “It doesn’t mean you stop trying.”