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Mark Prior reunites with Dusty Baker, signs with Reds

Mar 1, 2013, 12:48 PM EDT

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Mark Prior’s latest comeback attempt will be with the Reds, as John Fay of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that the oft-injured right-hander is in camp today after inking a minor-league deal.

That means Prior is reunited with Dusty Baker, who managed the Cubs back when Prior was looking like a future Hall of Famer and allowed him to rack up huge pitch counts that would be pretty shocking by current standards for young arms.

“He called me and asked for a chance,” Baker told Fay. “I talked to [general manager] Walt [Jocketty]. He says he feels good. He feels like he has some unfinished business. This is gives him one more chance or a chance at closure.”

Prior is 32 years old now and hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2006. He spent last season at Triple-A in the Red Sox’s organization, throwing 25 innings with a 3.96 ERA and 38/25 K/BB ratio as a full-time reliever.

  1. jimmymarlinsfan - Mar 1, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    Saw Mark pitch last year. Looked good. Good luck

  2. thomas844 - Mar 1, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Hopefully he pitches the way he did PRIOR to his injuries.

  3. El Bravo - Mar 1, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    You think Dusty had some guilt factor play into this?

  4. Jason @ IIATMS - Mar 1, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    “He feels like he has some unfinished business. This is gives him one more chance or a chance at closure.”

    By closure, he means banging Baker’s skull a few times with a bat.

    Business, finished.

  5. biffmcgregor - Mar 1, 2013 at 1:12 PM

    Someone needs to tell Mark there are shelters and support groups for this kind of thing. He can’t stay in that relationship, no matter how many times Chris Bro…I mean, Dusty tells him he loves him.

  6. claymatthewshairplugs - Mar 1, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    Maybe Dusty will finish the job this time and force him to pitch with his left hand thereby killing both of Priors arms.

  7. contraryguy - Mar 1, 2013 at 1:49 PM

    The rotation for the AAA team in Louisville will rock with this guy on board. I wouldn’t put a dollar down on him making the Reds though.

  8. fnc111 - Mar 1, 2013 at 1:52 PM

    Hopefully Dusty makes it a PRIORity to watch his pitch counts if he makes the team.

  9. mscxvd - Mar 1, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    why must one of my favorite pitchers play for another cardinals rival! first cubs now reds!

  10. 2077james - Mar 1, 2013 at 2:22 PM

    Thought of another one: this addiction Mark has to making comebacks, maybe he should go to the PRIORy for some rehab.

  11. Minoring In Baseball - Mar 2, 2013 at 5:42 AM

    Best of luck to him. Even playing Triple-A isn’t a bad deal. At least he’s playing baseball, and Louisville Slugger Field is one of the best ballparks in the minors.
    http://minoringinbaseball.com/

  12. snaxdsp - Mar 3, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    Dusty will ruin him….again!!!!!

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