Not satisfied with ruining the career of one of the best pitching prospects of all time, the distributor of bad luck took one last crack at Mark Prior recently. You know, just for good measure.
Prior hasn’t pitched in the majors since 2006, but the Chicago Tribune reports that he “started throwing again in hopes of one more comeback.” So, naturally this happened:
He recently took a line drive off of his pitching shoulder while throwing batting practice to a local team. He was shut down for three weeks although the injury is not considered serious.
It’s easy to forget just how amazing Prior was before all the injuries wrecked him. He was Stephen Strasburg before Stephen Strasburg, and lived up to the hype by going 18-6 with a 2.43 ERA and 245 strikeouts as a 22-year-old in his first full season. Sadly he won a grand total of just 18 more games after that and was last healthy at age 24.
Also, someone get the poor guy a net that he can throw from behind.
Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Red Sox and outfielder J.D. Martinez are close to a deal. He takes care to note that the deal is not done yet and the details are not known yet.
Martinez, 30, entered the offseason as the top free agent hitter. Last season, between the Tigers and Diamondbacks, he hit a lusty .303/.376/.690 with 45 home runs and 104 RBI in 489 plate appearances. He missed the first 33 games of the season with a sprained right foot; one wonders what his numbers might’ve been like if he hadn’t been injured.
The Red Sox were the team most strongly linked to Martinez throughout the offseason, despite the relatively slow-moving market. Martinez said he wants to play in the outfield and the Red Sox are currently spoken for at all three positions with Andrew Benintendi, Jackie Bradley, and Mookie Betts. Hanley Ramirez is also penciled in at DH. Should the Martinez deal become official, the Red Sox may try to trade Bradley and move Benintendi to center field. If Martinez is willing to concede his outfield wishes, the Red Sox could slot him in at DH and move Ramirez to first base.
The AL East is shaping up to be a familiar two-horse race between the Red Sox and Yankees. The addition of Martinez, in a way, answers the Yankees’ addition of Giancarlo Stanton.