Cubs, Mark Prior Come To Terms
If Prior manages to stay off the DL for the better part of the season (30 starts), he will get $3,575,000 and would earn an additional $150,000 each start. Since Prior, 26, went 18-6 in 2003, he has won just 18 games over the past three seasons due to injury after injury after injury...
He is 42-29 with a 3.51 ERA in 106 starts since making his major league debut in 2002 and has struck out 757 batters in 657 innings - an amazing rate of 10.37 per nine.
The right-hander could actually make less than he did last season, when he was paid $3.65 million while bothered by an ailing shoulder. He went 1-6 with a 7.21 ERA in nine starts, then asked for $3,875,000 in arbitration while the Cubs countered with $3.4 million.
The Cubs had as busy an off-season as anyone, adding a huge bat in free agent Alfonso Soriano, and some bulk to their starting five in Jason Marquis from the St. Louis Cardinals and lefty Ted Lilly from the Toronto Blue Jays.
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