Braves manager Gonzalez: We loved Prado

NEW YORK -- On his way to Citi Field on Wednesday afternoon, Atlanta Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez had his radio tuned to ESPN New York.

Would you expect anything else?

Anyway, Gonzalez heard the discussion about how much Martin Prado has meant to the New York Yankees in the short time he's been with the team. And all he could think was, you guys are absolutely right.

Martin Prado

Martin Prado

#14 RF
New York Yankees

2014 STATS

  • GM130
  • HR9

  • RBI54

  • R54

  • OBP.312

  • AVG.270

"We loved him," said Gonzalez, who managed Prado with the Braves. "I was thinking, that's why he's so valuable. I'm sure [Yankees manager Joe Girardi] loves being able to pencil him into the lineup somewhere every day."

Prado played his first seven years with the Braves, but then he became the player they had to give up to get Justin Upton from the Arizona Diamondbacks. Prado played multiple positions with the Braves, just as he has so far with the Yankees.

The Diamondbacks believed Prado would benefit from staying in one spot in the field, but Gonzalez disagrees.

"I think it keeps it fun for him [to move around]," Gonzalez said. "I thought the more we moved him around, the better he played."

Prado has already started games at four different spots for the Yankees: left field, right field, third base and second base. He played all those spots for the Braves, but also had games at first base and shortstop.

"He can play first," Gonzalez said. "And when we needed him at short, he played it like he'd been there all his life.

"He's a nice player, man."