Hard-luck righty Mark Prior -- who has apparently developed carpal tunnel in his right hand from holding ice-cold beers during his latest rehab stint -- agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the San Diego Padres Wednesday, giving the former Chicago Cubs phenom $1 million for one year.
The San Diego-born pitcher, who was the second overall pick in the 2001 draft, hit the free agent market on December 13th after the Cubs decided against making him part of their future.
After starting just nine games in 2006, he missed all of the 2007 season after having arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder last Spring in his latest of career-derailing fiascoes. At 27, Prior has a 42-29 career record with a 3.51 ERA.
He enjoyed his best year in the infamous 2003 Cubs season, when he boasted an 18-6 record with a 2.43 ERA, helping his club get within one victory of reaching the World Series. Close! But no cigar... as they say in the carnival biz.
Prior joins an established rotation including NL Cy Young Award winner Jake Peavy, Ivy League right-hander Chris Young, veteran Greg Maddux and lefty Randy Wolf.
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