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Yankees strike back, sign Mark Prior to minor league deal

Dec 14, 2010, 6:28 PM EDT

Mark Prior throwing

UPDATE: According to Tom Krasovic of AOL Fanhouse, Prior’s deal with the Yankees is worth $750,000 if he makes the team. He is also willing to go to the minor leagues if he doesn’t make the club during spring training.

Jon Heyman of SI.com writes that he could make $750,000 in additional incentives, meanwhile Joel Sherman of the New York Post says he could make an additional $800,000 based on innings pitched. You get the point. He’s gotta pitch to get paid.

6:13 PM: That Brian Cashman still has it, man! He just outbid the Rangers and signed Mark Prior to a minor league contract, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com.

In all seriousness, before you honestly think that this is part of the team’s “Plan B,” remember that we first mentioned the Bombers’ interest in the oft-injured right-hander last week. Now that it’s official, he’ll be reunited with his former pitching coach Larry Rothschild.

Prior, who is now 30 years old, hasn’t thrown a pitch in the major leagues since 2006, but he began yet another comeback in 2010, even pitching a scoreless inning with Triple-A Oklahoma City at the end of the season after signing a minor league deal with the Rangers. He’s hoping to get his career back on track as a relief pitcher.

The Yankees obviously aren’t counting on anything — nobody would — but hey, what’s the harm?

  1. phukyouk - Dec 14, 2010 at 6:26 PM

    BOOM PLAN B! and by plan B i mean the abortion Pill cause thats all Prior is worth.

  2. Brian - Dec 14, 2010 at 7:55 PM

    wait a second, he doesn’t look like cliff lee.

  3. jhorton83 - Dec 14, 2010 at 10:30 PM

    This is gonna put ‘em over the edge. Nothing strikes fear into divisional rivals like a dude who hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2006. Now they just need to sign Kenny Powers and I think the Yankees could be unstoppable this year.

  4. mikefrommars - Dec 14, 2010 at 11:27 PM

    Kenny throws strikes on the reg… not a bad idea.

  5. beantownsports247 - Dec 14, 2010 at 11:28 PM

    yeah for sure makes the yankees world series favs , prior is one of the top aces of the MLB , dude is a stud

  6. soutsidemike - Dec 14, 2010 at 11:41 PM

    “reunited with his former pitching coach Larry Rothschild”

    Great, the guy who ruined Prior’s arm in the first place!!!!

  7. mvd513 - Dec 15, 2010 at 6:05 AM

    As long as he goes into the Hall of Fame as a Yankee and not a Cub.

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