Rangers To Sign Mark Prior

The Rangers agreed to sign Mark Prior to a minor league deal, according to Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram (on Twitter). A Rangers official told Wilson that the Rangers signed Prior with the long-term in mind, not necessarily 2010. The right-hander doesn't turn 30 until next week, so he's still relatively young.

Prior, who had signed with the Orange County Flyers of the Independent Golden League, auditioned for teams earlier in the summer, but no one signed him. The Padres signed Prior last year, though he never pitched for San Diego at the major league level.

The Cubs selected Prior second overall in the 2001 draft and he pitched to a 2.43 ERA in 200-plus innings as a 22-year-old two years later. Soon afterwards, shoulder injuries derailed Prior's career. 

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  1. 5_tool_MiLB_fool 5 years ago

    lets just hope we wont be reading about stephen strasburg like this some 5 years from now

    • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

      It’s extremely Ironic, but I really really hope that Mark will at least have some sort of resemblence to his old self. It will be a great great story.

    • TeamCropDusters 5 years ago

      Generally speaking, shoulder injuries are much tougher to return from, at least to the pitchers original ability, than elbow injuries.

      That is not always the case but is what happens more often than not.

      • moonraker45 5 years ago

        very very true. dustin mcgowan comes to mind.

  2. jlowrance 5 years ago

    Twenty strikeouts in two independent ball games gets you a minor league deal. Not bad.

    • Guest 5 years ago

      he’s played 9 games, but, point made.

      • Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

        He didn’t say he didn’t play nine. Hejust said that he had twnty k;s in 2 gmes.

        • Guest 5 years ago

          Well, he did not get 20 Ks in 2 games, so, that is also incorrect.
          He’s in relieve and hasn’t pitched more than 2 innings in any of his appearances.

  3. Ferrariman 5 years ago

    how does this guy keep finding a job… i wish i could have 2 good games and get 400k.

    nothing personal against him or anything, but goodness baseball is a strange game.

  4. Hits & Gigs 5 years ago

    Time to dig out my old Mark Prior jersey!

  5. TheReturnOfMrBlanks 5 years ago

    The fact that he has pitched 2 games is a big deal, when is the last time he could do that? Padres paid all his medical bills the last couple years then cut ties…maybe all that trying and not giving up is actually going to pay off. And if he got 400k it did pay off lol

  6. “Soon afterwards, shoulder injuries derailed Prior’s career.” For what it’s worth, he didn’t have shoulder problems until August of 2006. His career wasn’t as short as people tend to remember, and most of his missed injury time early on was due to freak accidents (collision with Giles, line drive from Hawpe).

    • BK 5 years ago

      Its been speculated that the collision was what tore his shoulder and that it never recovered.

  7. Guest 5 years ago

    I think the Rangers have officially exhausted all of their options now

  8. EdinsonPickle 5 years ago

    Woo! Go Mark Prior! He’s back! He’s going to win 24 games next year and take the Cy Young…

    Probably not, but I really do hope he can get back to the Majors and play decently.

    • Guest 5 years ago

      I agree w/ that. Even if he’s not the stud he once was, he has been through a lot the last 4-5 years. It would be a nice feel good story to just see him become a solid contributer w/ someone, whether it’s with the Rangers or someone else

      • EdinsonPickle 5 years ago

        Yeah I’m pulling for him. I remember when he made his Major League debut. I was like 11 years old, and as a Cubs fan seeing Prior dominate and also having Wood I thought that it was going to be the start of a long lasting great 1-2, but after everything that has happened over the years to see Prior return would be awesome.

  9. I’m with many of the posters here, I would love to see Mark Prior come back and have a lot of success. Does anyone know what his fastball is clocking out at now? How did the scouting look?

  10. Queue towel drill jokes in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1………..

    Hopefully he hasn’t rushed back this time! Okay seriously, I wish him nothing but the best. He was a HOF talent and look at him now. Tom Seaver asked for his autograph his rookie year and now he probably can’t give away his autograph to his old fan club members. As others have said it would be a good story if he can come back healthy and help someone, it would be a great story if he can approach his original level of play. Persistence might just pay off. It’s got to be hard to walk away from a job that pay so well and is really just a game. Injuries be damned, I’d keep at it until my arm fell off if I was in his position. Godspeed Mark.

    • mrsjohnmiltonrocks 5 years ago

      Really. More power to him. He always said he still wanted to pitch, and he kept getting his surgeries, kept rehabbing, and still didn’t give up when no one wanted him. I hope he steps on a major league mound again and I hope he does well.

      You can never have too much pitching; you can never have too many pitchers to sift through either.

      Prior finally getting a minor league contract is a great testament to his perseverance. If he never makes it back, he’ll at least know that he did everything he could to try and make it back.

      • $1529282 5 years ago

        No kidding… so many guys would’ve quit by now. I’d honestly love to see Prior have a couple healthy seasons, even out of the bullpen, wherever. It’d be a great story. Imagine if he could find his way onto a team and win a ring, even as a long man or something… it’d be a phenomenal story and a great testament to his perseverance. I wish him the best of luck.

  11. Moments after signing the deal, Prior complained of sharp pains in his hand. “Its really nothing.” the Rangers official told the gathered crowd, “Mark will pitch a bullpen session in a couple of days and then hopefully we can have him pitch a simulated game.”

  12. boston3party123 5 years ago

    Hopefully strasberg doesn’t become prior…. but good to see prior back

  13. arock1234 5 years ago

    I think this is a good move by the Rangers. Low risk High Reward kinda guy. Has the ability/talent to make an incredible comeback. And on a minor league deal? Why not if your the Rangers.

  14. For those curious, Prior’s stats with the Orange County Flyers are mighty pretty…

    11.0 innings, 5 hits, 5 bbs, 22 k, 0.00 era, .135/.250/.184 opponent slash line

  15. ryetoons 5 years ago

    Good for Mark! I hope he can stay healthy and pitch again in the majors! We’re pulling for him!

  16. Low risk high reward, still a good move by the rangers no matter what way you look at it… if they pull it off they look like geniuses. Im wishing the best for this one.

  17. mrmet128 5 years ago

    Mark still has upside, but he’ll obviously never be his old self.
    Still, he could be decent out of the bullpen for Texas.

  18. rovert22044 5 years ago

    Risky move. VERY happy to see him back. He was an amazing guy with amazing talent. He is one of the many that lost due to injury. I really hope he bounces back and gets a title this year.

  19. rovert22044 5 years ago

    Risky move. VERY happy to see him back. He was an amazing guy with amazing talent. He is one of the many that lost due to injury. I really hope he bounces back and gets a title this year.

  20. stewie75 5 years ago

    f’ing mark prior……. i’m not sure whether to blame him or dusty, so i’ll just blame them both. shoulda traded him for abreu when we had the chance.

  21. destiny_driven 5 years ago

    I find it an interesting coincidence that both Rich Harden and Mark Prior are teamed on the same club. These two set fans imaginations on fire early in their careers with blazing fastballs and high strike out totals. A perfect sports fantasy would be for these two recapture what they once had, and combine with Cliff Lee and the Rangers potent offense, to dominate the AL. I won’t be holding my breath waiting for it to happen though.

  22. Ferrariman 5 years ago

    really? explain yourself. i even said i don’t have anything against him. his success was such a long time ago that i could care less about him. you should know by know that i am a pretty anti-biased baseball fan.

  23. $1529282 5 years ago

    Hello unnecessary jab.

  24. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    First of all, I didn’t mean to sound like a jerk by saying that…More of a joking voice as I said it. But I just think every Baseball fan should be a little more optomistic…I mean he was obviously out for longer than most injured pitchers, but as a Baseball fan, I want to see him suceed and come back to his old self because it would be a great Baseball story and Prior was just that good.

    You welcomed Carpenter back with open arms right? Why not Prior…

  25. Ferrariman 5 years ago

    of course i welcomed carp back, but only because he was getting payed 15mil to sit on the DL. i was pessimistic about him returning. not too many people sit out 2 years with TJ surjery, followed by fixing a nerve problem in his shoulder and return to full strength. And prior will get the same treatment from me, pessimistic but hopeful. and its not like prior has been out just 1 or 2 years…its been almost half a decade.

  26. Speaking of too much information, you essentially repeated yourself there like three times. Everyone here got your point the first time, unlike some people who may be too young to remember how Prior came into the game, or they might not have been fans then and don’t know anything about him. Just saying, at least the extra info about Mr. Prior may be helpful to some people. Your point is well taken but perhaps mistaken and your repeating it multiple times was unnecessary and didn’t add anything.

  27. $1529282 5 years ago

    Amen. Not all baseball fans are as obsessive as you and I.

    With as little as Prior has been in the news in the past couple years, it probably is news to newer fans. There’s no harm in writing it, and it’s just part of being thorough and informative.

    A lot of fans know a lot of the details in the transactions posts… how a pitcher or hitter has performed in 2010 or seasons past, how they’ll fit into the new team, etc. However it’d be pretty boring and pretty crappy reporting/writing to simply write:

    “The Rangers signed Mark Prior to minor league deal today after he racked up 20 Ks in nine Independent League Games,” or “Manny Ramirez is now on the White Sox. He’ll DH. You get the picture,” “The Twins acquired Brian Fuentes for a player to be named later today. You probably know his stats,” etc.

    There’s no harm in posting it and the goal is to be thorough for all fans, not for those of us (myself included) who can’t go more than 2 minutes without thinking about baseball and follow every transaction, draft pick, etc.

  28. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    Thats why there is more a reason to root for him.

  29. NickinIthaca 5 years ago

    I wish I could have seen that original comment…

  30. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago


  31. NickinIthaca 5 years ago

    I was just wondering what could have been so inflammatory in regards to Mark Prior that the comment was removed. Piqued my interest, if you will….

  32. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    I hear ya. Well it was actually really positive what I said. Not sure why it was removed. But it’s okay.

  33. Dave_Gershman 5 years ago

    I hear ya. Well it was actually really positive what I said. Not sure why it was removed. But it’s okay.

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