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Mark Prior to sign with Yankees or Rangers

Dec 7, 2010, 10:22 PM EDT

Mark Prior throwing

The Yankees and Rangers aren’t just bidding for Cliff Lee’s services, but it appears they are also the two finalists for Mark Prior.

That’s right. According to Tom Krasovic of AOL Fanhouse, Prior will sign a minor league contract with one of the two clubs.

Prior, who hasn’t pitched in the big leagues since 2006, started his comeback this year by pitching with the Orange County Flyers of the independent Golden Baseball League. The Rangers signed the now 30-year-old right-hander to a minor league deal in September and he pitched one scoreless inning with Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Prior reportedly showed good velocity during his time in the independent league and hopes to resurrect his career as a relief pitcher.

  1. b7p19 - Dec 7, 2010 at 11:23 PM

    I seriously hope he can pull it off. I hope Dusty Baker sees Prior and Wood in his nightmares.

    • raiderdave - Dec 8, 2010 at 12:10 AM

      Agreed. Two very promising guys that were mismanaged worse than any young arms that I can think of. It would be great to see Prior make a solid comeback. Being part of a team with several comeback cases in the Rangers would make it a little cooler too.

  2. mashoaf - Dec 8, 2010 at 11:38 AM

    I wonder if the Reds could use another arm.

  3. uyf1950 - Dec 8, 2010 at 12:11 PM

    Wouldn’t that be interesting if the Yankees are able to sign or resign both Prior and Wood. The 2 of them back on the same team.

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