But contrary to some recent speculation, the Braves are not currently attempting to lock him up with a multi-year extension. Prado seemed content with the fact that he has not had any discussions with the club regarding this possibility.
"That is not something I want to think about right now," Prado said. "I just want to focus on this season."
Prado could earn somewhere in the neighborhood of $6.5 million to $7 million in his final arbitration-eligible season next year. As things stand, the versatile veteran would be eligible for free agency for the first time after the conclusion of the 2013 season.
There is a chance the Braves could discuss a multi-year contract with Prado this winter. But the club has rarely negotiated this sort of extension during the middle of the season.
After batting a career-low .262 with a .687 OPS (on-base plus slugging percentage) during an injury-plagued season last year, a determined Prado dedicated himself to regaining the successful form he possessed when he earned an All-Star selection in 2010. The results have thus far been impressive.
Prado entered Tuesday hitting .317 with a .823 OPS. While primarily positioned at third base and left field, he has also made starts at first base, second base and shortstop this year.