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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40 Comments on "Red Sox Release Mark Prior"


Ben_Cherington
3 years 12 days 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”

BK
3 years 12 days ago

This just in: Beggers can indeed be choosers

Ben_Cherington
3 years 12 days ago

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

BK
3 years 12 days 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 12 days 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
ATTN:
MR Cherington

BK
3 years 12 days ago

The wrath of Boston seems to disapprove of my comments

Ben_Cherington
3 years 12 days ago

I am Ben Cherinton, and I disaprove of YOU!

johnsilver
3 years 12 days 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..

richardb21
3 years 12 days ago

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

Cody
3 years 12 days ago

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

3 years 12 days ago

Dusty Baker strikes again.

3 years 12 days ago

That joke totally isn’t 6 years old…

petrie000
3 years 12 days ago

and strangely never ceases to infuriate us Cubs fans….*melodramatic sigh*

notsureifsrs
3 years 12 days ago

not really. this was his original strike

3 years 12 days ago

I didn’t even know he was still playin

Namio
3 years 12 days 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.

3 years 12 days ago

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 12 days 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.

3 years 12 days ago

We already have Marmol putting up those numbers…

Shel K
3 years 12 days 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.

3 years 12 days ago

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

Lunchbox45
3 years 12 days ago

over simplistic and inaccurate comparison, seriously

start_wearing_purple
start_wearing_purple
3 years 12 days 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 12 days 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 12 days 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 12 days 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 12 days 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 12 days ago

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

j6takish
3 years 12 days 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 12 days ago

no it isn’t

TheReturnOfMrBlanks
3 years 12 days 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.

3 years 12 days ago

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.

Cody
3 years 12 days ago

Can he?

johnsilver
3 years 12 days ago

A compared to who???

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

saidin09
3 years 12 days ago

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

vtadave
3 years 12 days ago

Well yeah, he can.

johnsilver
3 years 12 days 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)
Atchison
Miller
Padilla
Mortenson
Tazawa
Hill
Aceves

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…

saidin09
3 years 12 days 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………..

ellisburks
3 years 12 days ago

Should he?

Cody
3 years 12 days 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.