The Red Sox sign Mark Prior to a minor league deal

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It’s been nearly six years since Mark Prior threw a pitch in the majors. And since that time a number of teams have kicked the tires on him. He threw 12 minor league innings for the Yankees last year and that was mildly promising.  But really, is anyone expecting him to ever pitch in a real big league game again?

Maybe the Red Sox are. Because Jon Heyman reports that they’re going to sign him to a minor league deal. UPDATE: They did it. His agent just confirmed.

I guess everyone looks at Prior and sees 2003.  Good luck to him and them, but given his injury history and lack of any kind of momentum on any previous comeback, I don’t think anyone is holding their breath.

Brewers to give Mike Moustakas a look at second base

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The Brewers reportedly signed third baseman Mike Moustakas to a one-year, $10 million contract on Sunday. While the deal is not yet official, MLB.com’s Adam McCalvy reports that the Brewers plan to give Moustakas a look at second base during spring training. If all goes well, he will be the primary second baseman and Travis Shaw will stay at third base.

The initial thought was that Moustakas would simply take over at third base for the more versatile Shaw. Moustakas has spent 8,035 of his career defensive innings at third base, 35 innings at first base, and none at second. In fact, he has never played second base as a pro player. Shaw, meanwhile, has spent 268 of his 4,073 1/3 defensive innings in the majors at second base and played there as recently as October.

This is certainly an interesting wrinkle to signing Moustakas, who is a decent third baseman. He was victimized by another slow free agent market, not signing until March last year on a $6.5 million deal with a $15 million mutual option for this season. That option was declined, obviously, and he ended up signing for $5 million cheaper here in February as the Brewers waited him out. Notably, Moustakas did not have qualifying offer compensation attached to him this time around.

Last season, between the Royals and Brewers, the 30-year-old Moustakas hit .251/.315/.459 with 28 home runs and 95 RBI in 635 plate appearances.