The New York Yankees may have missed out on Cliff Lee, but they wasted no time pilfering Mark Prior away from the Texas Rangers. Prior, a minor league free agent, signed a minor league contract with the Bronx Bombers and earned a Spring Training invite. If Prior makes the Yankees roster, he'll earn $750,000 with an additional $750,000 in incentives available to him.
Prior signed with the Rangers in September as a relief pitcher and made one appearance in Oklahoma City, Texas' AAA affiliate. Prior allowed two hits, a walk and struck out two in his lone outing as a member of the Rangers organization.
Despite the fact that Prior is now a Yankee, it's tough to root against him. Arm injuries derailed his career after a brilliant start. Since 2003, Prior has suffered injuries to his Achilles tendon, elbow and shoulder. Prior last appeared in the majors in 2006 as a member of the Chicago Cubs. Before signing with the Rangers, Prior had been pitching in the Independent Golden Baseball League in California as a member of the Orange County Fliers.â†µ
After having Kerry Wood on their team last year, Mark Prior in the organization this year - is it time for the Yankees to get the band back together and trade for Carlos Zambrano too? Rumor has it that New York just might do that.â†µ