Red Sox To Sign Mark Prior

The Red Sox will sign Mark Prior, reports Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com (on Twitter). John Boggs & Associates represent Prior, who last pitched in the Major Leagues in 2006.

The Cubs drafted Prior second overall in 2001 and he soon became one of the National League's best pitchers. He posted a 2.43 ERA with 10.4 K/9 and 2.1 BB/9 as a 22-year-old just a year and a half after being drafted. A series of shoulder problems derailed Prior's career, but he has tried to resurrect it with stints in the Padres', Rangers' and Yankees' systems. Now 31, he's attempting another comeback.

Ben Nicholson-Smith contributed to this post.


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62 Comments on "Red Sox To Sign Mark Prior"


Karkat
3 years 2 months ago

I guess we’re hoping he can capitalize on his PRIOR success with the Cubs?

chico65
3 years 2 months ago

This couldn’t have been an a PRIORi decision by Cherington, so I wonder what’s changed, but what do they have to lose?

jedicouncil
3 years 2 months ago

ummm, the games they play

MaineSox
3 years 2 months ago

Yeah, I’m going to be pretty upset when Prior is losing games for the Portland Sea Dogs…

jedicouncil
3 years 2 months ago

not to worry, the red sox can lose just fine with or without prior

Cheri Kallem
3 years 2 months ago

The Seadogs  lose either way

JacobyWanKenobi
3 years 2 months ago

 You were on the Mark with that pun. I wonder if he’ll get PRIORity for a good spot on the roster.

3 years 2 months ago

Oh, you’re on the Mark, Prior.

3 years 2 months ago

This a yay and a bummer for me. Love that the Sox got him, bummed that the Cubs won’t bring him back. Imagine the twin flamethrowers back together again and. in the same bullpen. Wood and Prior, 7th-8th combo of doom.

cubsfan97
3 years 2 months ago

 Dude, teams have tried bringing him to their bullpen, all failing.  What makes you think that if the Cubs gave him a shot, that he would magically be healthy and pitch in the majors again?

dc21892
3 years 2 months ago

Except Prior never regained his fastball.

Lastings
3 years 2 months ago

The next man to join the 2012 Tommy John class…

3 years 2 months ago

I’m just guessing his elbow is complete mush, so he’s probably safe.

Paul Ryan Stivender
3 years 2 months ago

His shoulder, the most important part of throwing, is the problem. His elbow I believe is fine. 

3 years 2 months ago

A sign of desperation.

Matt
3 years 2 months ago

 Ummmmm no.

wadebets
3 years 2 months ago

Ummmmm yes.

3 years 2 months ago

ummm no

tacko
3 years 2 months ago

This is a heated debate.

vtadave
3 years 2 months ago

Um no it isn’t.

GriffeyandSizemore
3 years 2 months ago

ummm yes it is

Guest
3 years 2 months ago

you killed it

JR_Tolls1
3 years 2 months ago

But it was just getting good.

Paul Ryan Stivender
3 years 2 months ago

ummm yes it was

3 years 2 months ago

ummm no it wasnt

3 years 2 months ago

This team employs Mark Melancon and Alfredo Aceves. They’d be willing to sign Oil Can Boyd right now.

johnsilver
3 years 2 months ago

 Serious FAIL. Aces has been one of the better long men out of the BP his 2 healthy seasons in the game and ANY team in the GAME would be thrilled to have him if they KNEW anything about him.

3 years 2 months ago

“Long men” = Not good enough to be a starter, not good enough to be a reliable late inning pitcher — exactly what we’ve seen this year.

Karkat
3 years 2 months ago

 Aceves has had two bad outings (and one where he let an inherited runner from Melancon score), comapred to seven clean ones. If you consider that the Detroit series was a transition period from starting in ST to closing, he’s only really got the Yankees game as a blotch on his record, but that game was sort of a group effort meltdown.

vtadave
3 years 2 months ago

Yeah come on man. What’s wrong with a 10.29 ERA?

wadebets
3 years 2 months ago

The “1”

Ricky
3 years 2 months ago

 Ya because Aceves is so horrible.

Will_Clarks_Gauchos
3 years 2 months ago

Ten years later and the infatuation still exists.

BitLocker
3 years 2 months ago

I hope it works out for Prior. What could have been.

JaiKudo
3 years 2 months ago

Hasn’t pitched since 2006??  I like the Oil can Boyd idea better.  Bill (Spaceman) Lee is available and willing!

3 years 2 months ago

Just think, the last time he pitched in the majors, Bernie Williams, Javy Lopez  and Carl Everett were still active. Should be interesting if nothing else.

schellis
3 years 2 months ago

Prior has averaged under 10 innings a season since 2006.  He was last decent in 2005.   He hasn’t been anything more then a 4 or 5 (2004-2005) since 2003.

This is 2012.   If Prior was able to come back he would have done so by now.  Anything more then 50,000 and use of the trainers room is a over payment.

I don’t think he could play in the Mexican league with Canseco at this point.

JaiKudo
3 years 2 months ago

Not pitched since 2006???  I like that Oil Can Boyd idea better.  Bill (Spaceman) Lee is available and willing!  In fact my 24 year old son is willing too.  He has NO experience in pitching but would like the job anyway.

CubHope
3 years 2 months ago

I find it impressive that he’s still trying to resurrect his career, most guys in his position would be coaching or selling cars by now…Good luck Mark

drjayphd
3 years 2 months ago

So it’s agreed, they’re actually just going to part him out? I hope no one on the Sawx needs elbow ligaments.

bigpat
3 years 2 months ago

Do you think they honestly have any expectations at all when they sign him? I’m sorry but what’s the point? If you haven’t pitched in the majors in 6 years, you may as well call yourself retired. 

MaineSox
3 years 2 months ago

What’s the harm in trying?

Bartolo Colon is a different situation, but he hadn’t pitched 100 innings in a season (or been any good at all) since 2005, and he missed all of 2010, but he came back last year and look at him now.

bigpat
3 years 2 months ago

I guess, it just seems pointless to me. I haven’t seen a scouting report of what he throws now so I’m not sure what the upside is, but I guess you can sign anyone on a minor league deal and see what happens. It just seems like the odds are too far stacked against Prior for this to work. Not sure why he even signs for a team if he doesn’t pitch. 

goner
3 years 2 months ago

I can’t believe he’s only 31 years old 😮

Here’s wishing you the best of luck, Mark

mopapa
3 years 2 months ago

I was thinking the same thing!  Seems like I’ve been hearing about him for 20 years!!

schellis
3 years 2 months ago

Its not just him having not pitched in the majors since 2006, he hasn’t really pitched at any level since 2006.  Again under 10 innings a year since then.   I wish him the best of luck and hope that I’m wrong.  Perhaps he can be a decent arm out  of the pen or back of the rotation, but I think those days are long gone.

Simply put not all pitchers recover from injuries no matter how hard they try.  

MaineSox
3 years 2 months ago

That’s all true, and the chances of him ever touching a major league roster are very slim, but there’s really zero harm in picking him up.

Benjamin Edwards
3 years 2 months ago

But we can’t give Pedro a try?

melonis_rex
3 years 2 months ago

 IIRC he retired and isn’t trying to get back in the league.

Braydon Gervais
3 years 2 months ago

What a hero. This is pure dedication to the game of baseball…hope he can come back. 

Whowonthe2009WorldSeries
3 years 2 months ago

I’d love to hate on this but considering how pumped I was when he signed with the Yankees, I just can’t  I doubt this will impact much but for his sake I hope he comes back.

RaymondsDad
3 years 2 months ago

Would love to see the Red Sox bring back Rich “El Guapo”  Garces

JaiKudo
3 years 2 months ago

Mark Prior?  But we have John Lackey coming back next year!  Clemens might be available if he has a short prison term.