The Yankees need a second baseman. Starters at the position have hit a team-low .193 this season, with a .619 OPS. Stephen Drew continues to draw starts despite his disappointing play, Jose Pirela's bat hasn't quite packed the punch the Yankees had hoped, and the team doesn't appear ready to give Rob Refsnyder a shot yet.
Several teams have noted interest in 2B Ben Zobrist of the Athletics, so his price may be a bit too high for New York's liking. A cheaper option may be looking to acquire an old friend.
According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Martin Prado might be an option for the Yankees.
Word is #Marlins have gone from Prado not available to "now open to at least contemplate" moving him, according to AL exec
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) July 28, 2015
The Yankees traded for the 31 year-old at last year's trade deadline, before shipping him off to the Marlins last December along with David Phelps for Nate Eovaldi. He missed some time due to a shoulder ailment this season, and has posted an 88 OPS+ in 73 games. That would be an upgrade over Stephen Drew's 76 OPS+ in twelve more games.
The question is, though, would reacquiring Martin Prado be worth it for the Yankees?
It all depends on demand. The shoulder injury has seemingly dissuaded some ballclubs, seeing as how the Marlins have gone from wanting a big return to now being a bit more open. From the sounds of it, it doesn't seem like the Yankees would need to part with one of their top prospects, their reported goal for the trade deadline.
Prado nearly pushed the Yankees into the playoffs last season. His leadership was vital, and his power saw a nice bump playing in a hitter's ballpark like Yankee Stadium. In order to get there again this season, they might need it back. They're paying him $3 of his $11 million each of the next two seasons regardless of where he plays, anyway.