Yankees Sign Mark Prior with List of Injuries

The Yankees continue to become the 2002 Cub by signing free agent pitcher Mark Prior to a minor league deal, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.

He will get a invite to spring training and will earn $750,000 if he earns a spot on the major league roster with another $750,000 in possible incentives, according to Jon Heyman of Sports Illustrated.

I made the joke about the 2002 Cubs because their catcher is the Yankees manager, Joe Girardi, their pitching coach is now the Yankees pitching coach, Larry Rothschild, they had Kerry Wood last season and are interested in bringing him back next year. Now we get Prior who came up in 2002.

Prior, 30, hasn’t pitched at all since 2006. Prior was amazing when he pitched, but has since become infamous for being injured. Here is a list of Prior’s injuries:

2002 – he suffered a strained hamstring.
2003 – he injured his shoulder in an onfield collision.
2004 – missed two months with an injured achilles tendon.
2005 – He missed 15 days with an elbow strain and another month after getting hit by a comebacker on the elbow.
2006 – He missed three months to start the season with a strained shoulder. Then he missed two starts with a strained oblique and ended his season early with shoulder tendinitis.
2007 – Missed entire season with shoulder surgery.
2008 – Missed most of season recovering from shoulder surgery. Then injured his shoulder again and needed another surgery.

This is a decent signing. Only because there is a slight chance that Prior could actually pitch. But it isn’t likely and probably foolish to expect him to. Still, it doesn’t hurt to try on a minor league deal.

It’s also good that the Yankees signed him because the other fire-balling injury risk, Rich Harden, just signed with the Oakland A’s.

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5 Responses to Yankees Sign Mark Prior with List of Injuries

  1. Mike S. says:

    I posted elsewhere and didn't see this up. Is Prior looking to start again? I had read somewhere that he stated he was attempting to come back as a reliever—to do the "Wood" route …

  2. Mike S. says:

    Here: http://mlb.fanhouse.com/2010/12/07/mark-prior-cho… the last line of the article:

    He told FanHouse this past summer that he is looking to return as a relief pitcher this time around.

    It is also mentioned here:

    http://mlb.fanhouse.com/2010/08/15/theres-relief-

  3. Mindkind says:

    I would like this deal if Prior accepts a pen role. Yes he can be like Wood. I don't think his shoulder can ever take the load of a started. If Yankees are smart they should send em to the pen.

  4. I'm not 100 percent positive. I think he was trying to come back as a reliever last year, but that doesn't necessarily mean that is the case this year. As soon as I know more I'll post an update. But there is a good chance he's trying to come back as a reliever.

  5. Mike S. says:

    Besides fanhouse, mlb.com's report of the signing also says that Prior would be coming back as a reliever.