Yankees Sign Mark Prior with List of Injuries 5

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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