Rangers Have Some Interest In Mark Prior

Rangers General Manager Jon Daniels has some interest in bringing Mark Prior back for 2011, writes Richard Durrett of ESPN.com.  Prior inked a minor league deal with the club just before the end of the 2010 season and pitched just one inning for their Triple-A affiliate.

"He's a free agent now and we have discussed him coming back," the GM said. "There’s a level of interest."

Texas could possibly bring the right-hander into spring training to find out what he can do as a reliever.  Recently, Prior's agent John Boggs told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe that his client has offers from three teams.

Prior hasn't pitched at the major league level since 2006 due to injuries.  In his sophomore campaign in 2003, Prior posted a 2.43 ERA with 10.4 K/9 and 2.1 BB/9.



40 Responses to Rangers Have Some Interest In Mark Prior Leave a Reply

  1. 55saveslives 5 years ago

    Why is there still any interest in Mark Prior???

    • Because he was once really good. At minimal cost its worth a shot. It would be another minor league deal so not much at stake here.

      • TXHC 5 years ago

        Yep. I wouldn’t be opposed to giving him a cheap NRI.

      • azdsnd 5 years ago

        We should develop a corollary for this. Minor league signing of someone formerly great who now stinks and subsequently does not regain formerly good form. So many players could fit… Prior… Dontrelle Willis… we could even extend it to former top prospects who were never even good players like Sean Burroughs.

    • HummBaby 5 years ago

      Especially with Kenny Powers still out there and available.

      • start_wearing_purple 5 years ago

        Yeah, but you’d have to get him a year supply of pine tar on top of his salary.

      • I thought he was going to sign with Tampa Bay?

    • HummBaby 5 years ago

      Especially with Kenny Powers still out there and available.

  2. MB923 5 years ago

    Over or under 1 inning in the majors for Mark Prior in 2011?

  3. I think the Mariners would be a good fit for him. Cheap, nice pitchers park ect…

  4. timmytwoshoezzz 5 years ago

    Amazing. Never has their been a baseball player who made so much money while actually delivering so little.

    • MB923 5 years ago

      I’m Kei Igawa and I disapprove this message.

      • HummBaby 5 years ago

        I’m Barry Zito and I disapprove as well.

        • MB923 5 years ago

          Well at least Barry has a ring and has a Cy Young under his belt. Igawa has uhhh, just money.

        • azdsnd 5 years ago

          He’s at least a major league pitcher…

          • MB923 5 years ago

            That too

          • mrsjohnmiltonrocks 5 years ago

            Who’s never been on the DL. And who sat, quietly cheering his teammates on as he was left off the play off roster.

            Hey, he’s earned at least some of his salary.

        • TXHC 5 years ago

          I’m Gary Matthews, Jr. and I too disapprove.

      • Kei_Igawa 5 years ago

        I make a great stir fry for the boys in Trenton.

    • MB923 5 years ago

      I’m Kei Igawa and I disapprove this message.

    • Brad426 5 years ago

      And I’m Carl Pavano…

      • azdsnd 5 years ago

        And you’re bitter and oblivious to what he did in Minnesota this year.

        • Brad426 5 years ago

          Calm down, Nancy. I’m a lot of things, but bitter isn’t one of them (not a Yankees fan). He had a good year, but he still got paid a whole lot of money to not play for three years in NY is all I’m saying.

    • And I’m Mike Hampton…

  5. carlos 5 years ago

    aren’t they still scarred from doing this with rich harden?

    • TXHC 5 years ago

      Big difference. Harden got actual money. Prior won’t.

  6. carlos 5 years ago

    aren’t they still scarred from doing this with rich harden?

  7. Natinals 5 years ago

    I feel like I saw this exact same article last year.

  8. Ethanator99 5 years ago

    How hard does he throw now days?

  9. firealyellon 5 years ago

    if Prior throws another pitch in the majors, i will eat Steve Bartman.

  10. vtadave 5 years ago

    Denny Neagle and Jason Schmidt here – we’d like to join this discussion.

    Let’s calm down – no reason to not give the guy a shot. Not like they are giving him A.J. Burnett money here.

  11. Jman1213 5 years ago

    Hey look, Kyle Farnsworth and Darren Dreifort want in too!

  12. mrsjohnmiltonrocks 5 years ago

    I see I’m in the minority here, but I wish Mark Prior well. If he wants to keep trying, I hope someone gives him a chance. Give him credit for still wanting to pitch-he has made more money than he can spend, he’s gone through at least two shoulder surgeries, he really could walk away and call it a career. Make fun if you want, but it isn’t easy going through rehab. He’s done it multiple times and he still wants to pitch.

    I hope someone signs him.

  13. jordan4giants 5 years ago

    I hope he makes it back to the majors, I want a good comeback story.

    With 500k being the standard buyout, what does 65k mean to a team?

  14. cderry 5 years ago

    What’s crazy is…after all these years of inactivity…he’s still only 30.

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