What if the Braves had traded Martin Prado before the season? I can’t recall any discussion of it, but the thought should have at least crossed their minds. What quality of prospect would he have brought? A pretty good one, I bet.
At any rate, I see no reason to think that Prado won’t rebound from his subpar season. Leaving aside that he was remarkably consistent from 2008-2010, Prado’s infection clearly caused him serious problems and was probably the main reason for the slump he had in the second half. Prado was hitting .277/.324/.438 when he got sick, and .294/.351/.513 over the last month. After his return, he hit .244/.283/.339. It’s not guaranteed that the old Prado would return if the Braves trade him, but it’s very likely.
On the other hand, I don’t think it would be selling low to trade Jair Jurrjens right now. I doubt his value will rise.