Red Sox Release Mark Prior

The Red Sox have released right-hander Mark Prior, according to Brendan McGair of the Pawtucket Times (via Twitter).  The move was made in order to create space for the newly-acquired Pedro Beato.

Prior, 31, hooked on with the Red Sox in early May as he looked to attempt yet another comeback.  During his time in Triple-A Pawtucket, Prior posted a 3.96 ERA with 13.7 K/9 and 8.3 BB/9 in a small sample size of 25 innings of work.  The second-overall pick in 2001 was brilliant in the early portion of his career but has not pitched in the majors since 2006 thanks to a series of shoulder problems.

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  1. Ben_Cherington 3 years ago

    13.7 K/9 SHEESH!

    8.3 BB/9 SHEESH!!!

    Last games headline:
    “Prior struck out the side in the 7th and 8th while allowing 6 base runners due to walking every other batter”

  2. BK 3 years ago

    This just in: Beggers can indeed be choosers

    • Ben_Cherington 3 years ago

      I was unaware Boston has been begging for washed up bulpen arms. Thanks for the heads up though!

      • BK 3 years ago

        Ben, Ben, Ben. There is a wild card race going down, get off the message boards and do some work.

        • Ben_Cherington 3 years ago

          Im actually scouting on here for a new manager. We *ahem* are having some issues with our current manager.
          Please send all resumes to me at Fenway
          MR Cherington

          • BK 3 years ago

            The wrath of Boston seems to disapprove of my comments

          • Ben_Cherington 3 years ago

            I am Ben Cherinton, and I disaprove of YOU!

    • johnsilver 3 years ago

      Epic fail to someone who clearly does not have the mental faculty for a simple google and see Boston has one of the finest BP’s in baseball..

  3. richardb21 3 years ago

    I had to do a double take on his walks per 9 innings,but I hope he makes it back.

  4. Cody 3 years ago

    Dodgers should take a look at him. Can’t be worse than Blanton.

  5. Dusty Baker strikes again.

  6. I didn’t even know he was still playin

  7. Namio 3 years ago

    What a waste of such a great talent due to injuries. Prior was so good at a very young age, so promising, and a series of injuries take everything away. What a shame.

  8. Is a reunion with the Cubs out of the question? Wouldn’t be bad to have a low risk signing like Prior for possible relief work.

    • petrie000 3 years ago

      can’t see much need for him in Chicago, honestly. The season’s all but literally over and nobody’s going to give Prior a multi-year deal as a reliever.

    • We already have Marmol putting up those numbers…

    • Shel K 3 years ago

      considering all the barrel-bottom scraping the cubs have been doing for pitchers since last fall, I can’t imagine why they wouldn’t take a chance on Prior. yes we have Marmol putting up those numbers but marmol will likely be gone before spring training and Prior can do it for a fraction of the cost, or he could be a Lendy Castillo or Rafael Dolis with much more potential upside.

  9. And that’s why the Nationals want to shut down Strausburg.

    • Lunchbox45 3 years ago

      over simplistic and inaccurate comparison, seriously

      • start_wearing_purple
        start_wearing_purple 3 years ago

        Over simplistic but not entirely inaccurate. Pitching prospects with ace abilities are treated like they are made of glass. Prior is one of the cautionary tales of overusing a young star.

        • notsureifsrs 3 years ago

          in-game, yes. but the nationals haven’t overused him in games at all. he’s averaged 96 pitches per start this season and 89 for his career (97 is MLB average). he has never exceeded 120. depending on the year, prior averaged between 105 and 115 and exceeded 120 on a regular basis

          prior was one of the most abused arms in the game from 2002-2005, but it didn’t have anything to do with his innings totals

          • start_wearing_purple
            start_wearing_purple 3 years ago

            My point is it’s just an extension of worries. Mark Prior was badly overused by Baker to an extreme, however it’s lead to teams treating guys with Strasburg’s talent with kid gloves. The front office is calling the shots and thinking about not just the current season but the next 5 as well. They’re worried about any potential problem.

          • notsureifsrs 3 years ago

            and you’re right, but the nationals would be wrong if they concluded from guys like prior that what is needed is an innings cap

          • start_wearing_purple
            start_wearing_purple 3 years ago

            Probably but think of it like a formula: Cautionary tale about overused young stars plus player has already had a TJ surgery plus a chance to turn the Nationals into the premier team in the NL East for several years. In the end it’s understandable that they’re overreacting.

          • Shawn Baublitz 3 years ago

            But Joba was under used by the Yankees and where is he now?

          • j6takish 3 years ago

            Justin verlander threw 180 innings as a rookie, plus 21 more in the post season. He threw 201 in his second full year, only 10 fewer innings than Mark Priors infamous 2003 campaign. The point is, every pitcher is different. The Nats handled Strasburg cautiously and he blew out his arm. Verlander has been throwing 200 high intensity innings for 7 years and is perfectly fine. Mark Prior had awful mechanics, it was just a matter of time before he blew his arm out

    • notsureifsrs 3 years ago

      no it isn’t

  10. TheReturnOfMrBlanks 3 years ago

    At least is wasn’t the shoulder this time…..which is a really really good thing. He needs some kind of magician pitching coach to help him with those walks….his K’s are great.

  11. I still can’t believe I saw his last game in the majors, my only visit to Wrigley. It was June 18, 2006. Vance Wilson hit a bomb off of him and they pulled him in the 4th. The most vivid memory of that game was when Kenny Rogers hit a double in the 8th and they pulled the pitcher. It seemed like a home game because the “Let’s Go Tigers” chanting was so loud.

  12. Cody 3 years ago

    Can he?

  13. johnsilver 3 years ago

    A compared to who???

    The closer is average, the rest have done as good of a job as anyone around.

  14. saidin09 3 years ago

    That “closer” is not normally a closer and if you put Aceves back in his longman /setup role…….he would thrive.

  15. vtadave 3 years ago

    Well yeah, he can.

  16. johnsilver 3 years ago

    Go from May on. After the start of the season implosion and it is pretty tough to find anyone who has been able to run more steady a bunch out than:

    Albers (traded)

    Without going/taking time to dig up just stats 9like did last time) as of 3 weeks ago they had the lowest (total) whip and era of any corp en masse from late April until the last time I wasted time looking it all up.

    Edit.. Forgot Franklin Morales…

  17. saidin09 3 years ago

    I agree, I don’t care if Bailey just got off DL…you went out and got this guy, he should be closer and Aceves should be back in his “role” . Then you could send Melancon down or just get rid of him, please, oh please get rid of him………..

  18. ellisburks 3 years ago

    Should he?

  19. Cody 3 years ago

    He can throw the ball towards home plate for more than 2, but I really don’t think he can pitch for more than two.

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