Mark Prior is trying to make a comeback.
see this almost every year now, and every year it ends badly, but that
has yet to deter the former phenom. He’ll work out for major league
clubs at USC tomorrow. According to Tracy Ringolsby, most teams will
have a scout in attendance.
Prior, of course, was once talked about in close to the same way
we’re all now talking about Stephen Strasburg. He got the big bonus and
he made the big splash, going 18-6 with a 2.43 ERA in 2003. But then, be
it due to overwork, poor mechanics, bad juju or the whammy, developed
shoulder problems and made a mere 57 big
league starts after that.
It’d be a nice story if he could make a
comeback. Just don’t hold your breath.
Last Thursday, we learned that the MLBPA was challenging the Nippon Professional Baseball posting system, delaying Japanese superstar Shohei Ohtani’s move to Major League Baseball. The latest collective bargaining agreement removed a lot of the incentive for players to come to the U.S. by capping pay. Ohtani, for example, can only receive a signing bonus between $300,000 and $3.53 million while his team — the Nippon Ham Fighters — would receive $20 million for posting him.
Jon Morosi reports that the deadline for this issue to be resolved is 8 PM ET on Monday evening. He notes that key NPB officials have worked through the night in Japan to try to reach a resolution. It is possible that even if no agreement is reached, the deadline could be pushed further back.
Ohtani, 23, has become a heralded hitter and pitcher in Japan. At the plate over his five-year career, he has compiled a .286/.358/.500 triple-slash line with 48 home runs and 166 RBI in 1,170 plate appearances. On the mound, he has a 2.52 ERA with a 624/200 K/BB ratio across 543 innings.