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Mark Mulder has worked out for the Giants, Padres, Angels, Phillies and Diamondbacks

Dec 22, 2013, 3:01 PM EDT

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The following report comes from Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe:

Mulder is looking for a creative contract as he makes his comeback attempt. He may have to agree to a minor league deal first, with incentives if he makes the major league club. Mulder has worked out for the Giants, Padres, Diamondbacks, Angels, and Phillies over two sessions. In the second session, Mulder, who hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2008, improved his velocity from 88 to 92 miles per hour. It’s a long road back, but the fact that Mulder’s shoulder is showing no signs of discomfort could mean he’d be a good back-end option for someone.

The Red Sox have “inquired” about the 36-year-old left-hander, writes the Boston-based Cafardo, but “probably won’t pursue him” much further.

Mulder allowed 96 runs — 91 earned — over his final 106 major league innings. But there is very little risk in a non-guaranteed minor league contract, so look for him to wind up in camp with a team next spring.

  1. spudchukar - Dec 22, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    He ought to sign with the Cardinals for $1.00. And if he makes the team, play as long as he wants for the minimum, and still end his career in debt to them.

    • gibbyfan - Dec 22, 2013 at 4:43 PM

      totally agree with you on that Spud…….if there was any honor or sense of making something right that’s how it would be……….Yuou would think that somehow thre would be something in contracts that would say if you physically can’t hold up your end then it’s void.

    • cohnjusack - Dec 22, 2013 at 7:40 PM

      Well, it’s not like the Cardinals gave up much for him. What did that Haren guy they traded for him ever accomplish anyway?

      That one still stings. It’s no Carlton for Rick Wise, but pretty awful nonetheless.

    • paperlions - Dec 23, 2013 at 9:51 AM

      They signed him to a 2 year $13M deal and he spent the next 2 years getting cut on and rehabbing, which they knew was possible when the signed him. Using this logic, Chris Carpenter “owes” the Cardinals far more than Mulder.

      They gave him $93 over his career and he was able to pitch in only 6 of 10 seasons.

      • spudchukar - Dec 23, 2013 at 10:25 AM

        First off, I wasn’t actually serious. Second, while it is true that Carpenter, spent some significant time on the DL, I doubt if any Cards’ fan feels “cheated” when it comes to Carp.

      • gibbyfan - Dec 23, 2013 at 11:28 AM

        He pitched 4 years with the Cardials and had one decent season…….. Cardinals knew from the get go that Carp was a gamble and were willing to tak ethat chance and it paid off for them…… comparison–Carp gave more than he took. I’m sure they would do it all over gain………..
        Of course tehr eissome toungein cheel in these comments.While I do believe MLB contracts should have some ‘coomon sense language for unfit for duty situations……this is america–nobody would expect anyone to be that magnanimous………..although albert is quotes as saying he will walk away from Angels if he can’t perform

    • brucewayne3561 - Dec 23, 2013 at 7:54 PM

      I still think there should be a pay for play when it comes to contracts in sports ! The better you play, then the more you should earn! If you don’t perform & have a lousy season , then your paycheck should reflect that ! I know it will NEVER happen, But if there was any justice at all in this world, it would be the norm! It would give players a lot more incentives to stay cl

  2. imthedudedude - Dec 22, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    Haven’t heard that name for awhile. Hope he can make a comeback and stay healthy.

  3. tuberippin - Dec 22, 2013 at 3:50 PM

    *string of expletives*

    Of course my Phils would be interested in signing Mulder. Might as well get Odalis Perez on the phone to see if he’d like a chance to be in the Phils’ rotation as well.

  4. stephenolszewski - Dec 22, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    I’m sure he will work out for The Indians, they got lucky on Kazmir and some others so all the sudden they think that’s all they have to sign

  5. mp4philly - Dec 22, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    He’s 36 years old. My money is on a blockbuster deal with the Phillies.

    • jhorton83 - Dec 22, 2013 at 4:52 PM

      They’ll have to outbid the Yankees for him first.

  6. phillyphannnn83 - Dec 22, 2013 at 9:13 PM

    Phillies are not trying to win, he’s not coming here.

  7. phillyphannnn83 - Dec 22, 2013 at 9:14 PM

    *is coming here

    add an edit button already, shesh

  8. elpendejo59 - Dec 22, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    “The Best Fans In Baseball” whining because Mark Mulder DEMANDED a trade to Mecca, er, St. Louis a number of years back. Good God. Should I ever bump into him, I’ll urge him to make out a check written to “The Best Fans In Baseball”

    • gibbyfan - Dec 23, 2013 at 8:14 AM

      Would be nice ELP but don’t think it will happen……..It was the other MM who had that much of a sense of honor

  9. brucewayne3561 - Dec 23, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Clean & to stay in better shape & to be the best player they could! I know the players union would have a major meltdown if this was ever mentioned or was ever tried to be implemented! LoL! But I still think it would be the BEST way to take care of the PED problem & the escalating contract problem & also be the fairest way all around! Might even bring down the cost of tickets & the high costs of attending games & that would be awesome for the fans! Who are the ones who actually pay all these over priced divas anyway! But Good Luck ever seeing this happen! Guess I’ll keep dreaming!

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