Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Mark Prior Signs Minor League Deal With Padres... Again
A San Diego native, we signed Mark last year to a Major League contract after the Cubs declined to tender him a contract. After progressing well early in the spring, Mark had a setback that required another surgery and cost him the rest of the season. Mark has now lost the entirety of the last two seasons to injury, but when he pitches he can be dominant. In his first four seasons in Chicago (2002-2005) Mark used he power fastball/curveball combo to pitch 613 innings with a 3.24 ERA. Mark has been working out all winter here in Petco, and we're encouraged by his progress. If we can get him back and healthy for us in 2009 we believe he could make a significant difference.More on this at Gaslamp Ball.
Also, catcher Chris Burke got a minor league deal and will compete for the starting second base job; he will get $650,000 if he makes it to the major league roster.