Prior signs with Padres

December 26, 2007 at 1:23 pm 8 comments

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The San Diego Padres picked up a potential front of the rotation starter in Mark Prior for next to nothing. The deal is for $1M guaranteed and up to over $3M. The deal has no options in it either. This is a flat one year deal. Prior comes with a medical report as long as the Mitchell report but this deal is a no brainer for the Padres.

Prior, 27, last pitched in the big leagues in 2006, and had shoulder surgery in April of 2007. He has been throwing on flat ground, and to date, has been free of pain since his surgery. This deal will benefit him if he has a great season. He will be a free agent in 2009 and would get a lot of money.

If healthy, the Padres’ rotation would look like this:

1. Jake Peavy
2. Chris Young
3. Greg Maddux
4. Randy Wolf
5. Mark Prior

That rotation would be the best in the NL and one of the 5 best in the Majors. Each one of those pitchers has the ability to 15+ games and post ERAs under 4.00, especially in PETCO.

Prior was born in San Diego and lives in San Diego County.

-Jonathan C. Mitchell
Buster Olney broke this news on ESPN.com

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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Erik  |  December 26, 2007 at 10:12 pm

    This is an awesome risk for the Padres to take. Prior when healthy is a big time pitcher. But the healthy part is the big question mark. If Prior is effective and healthy his playing in Petco park will help. Padres are securing their place as one of the NL West elite. Arizona however remains the team to beat in the west.

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  • 2. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  December 26, 2007 at 10:55 pm

    I agree, Arizona is still the team to beat until the Padres can put some runs on the board. I also really believe this is the season Connor Jackson breaks out.

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  • 4. Erik  |  December 27, 2007 at 2:50 am

    I think either conor jackson, chad tracy will be dealt. I think the dbacks really want to clear a spot in their lineup for mark reynolds. Plus Owings could be converted to a position player(doubtful) But stranger things have happened.

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  • 5. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  December 27, 2007 at 8:57 am

    I think Tracy will be dealt. Jackson is cheaper and has a higher ceiling.

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  • 6. Charlie Nehl  |  December 27, 2007 at 1:00 pm

    If any dealings happen for the DBacks, I think Tracy will be dealt. He’s good (average) hitter, and a solid defender. He’s worth more today than Conor Jackson. In the future? If Jackson breaks out then he’ll be worth more.

    Prior for the Pads? He’s the thing, Prior probably won’t pitch the first few months of the season. The Cubs tried this Wade Miller by picking him up on his rehab, and he never came around. Even if Prior comes back and pitches well after his injury (it will probably take more than a full season to recover fully), he’ll probably just jet and get a much bigger contract.

    It’s a big risk for the Pads, but who knows what’s going to happen with Prior.

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  • 7. Erik  |  December 27, 2007 at 10:34 pm

    to me it will cost the Padres at a minimum $1 million dollars. At most $4million but it is based on # of starts and innings. I think it was one of 3 great signings this off season. The other two being Andruw Jones for 2yrs and the other probably A-rod since the Yankees needed to save face after the Torre debacle.

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  • 8. Jonathan C. Mitchell  |  December 28, 2007 at 8:09 am

    I agree Erik. I think signing and the ones you mentioned were some of the best. I also like the Randy Wolf signing a ton for the Padres.

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