According to Brian McTaggart of the Houston Chronicle, the Astros have contacted Mark Prior‘s agent. Prior is a free agent for the first time in his career after the Cubs non-tendered him on Wednesday. By the way, I’ve previously erroneously named Prior’s current agent as Scott Boras. That changed at some point – he’s with John Boggs now.
Astros GM Ed Wade admitted to his interest in Prior but not much else. He told McTaggart that a lot of teams have contacted Boggs about Prior (nine, to be exact). Prior figures to miss a few months of the 2008 season due to his April ’07 shoulder surgery. Wade told McTaggart he contacted a couple of non-tendered players; here’s the list if you want to guess.
The Cubs didn’t feel Prior would return to his "high-level form" until 2009. They insisted on a club option for that year, and their offer was "not received well" by Prior and his agent.