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Friday, March 1, 2013
Prior reunites with Dusty for shot at majors

By Staff

Mark Prior, Dusty Baker
Mark Prior is getting another shot at the majors with his former manager Dusty Baker.
Mark Prior passed a physical and signed a minor league deal with the Cincinnati Reds on Friday after asking his former Chicago Cubs manager Dusty Baker for an opportunity, according to

Prior, who has battled career-threatening arm and shoulder problems, hasn't pitched in the majors since 2006.

"I still have an opportunity," Prior told "I don't necessarily feel like a martyr or something because I've worked hard and I should be paid with an opportunity, but I'm grateful for it. I don't take it for granted. I'll do everything I can to go out and perform and try for a spot."

Ironically, Baker was criticized by some for contributing to Prior's arm troubles during their time together in Chicago. Now he may be Prior's best chance for one last shot.

"He said ‘hey man, I'd like to try it one more time,'" Baker told reporters. "I said I would try to make the opportunity available to you."