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Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Prior set to become free agent after Cubs sever ties

Associated Press

CHICAGO -- The Chicago Cubs have declined to offer a 2008 contract to former star right-hander Mark Prior. He becomes a free agent.

Prior had arthrosopic surgery on his right shoulder in April and missed the 2007 season.

He'd been ticketed for the minors after a spring training in which he was limited because of shoulder problems. In 2006, he made only nine appearances.

Prior is 42-29 with a 3.51 ERA in the majors. He made $3,575,000 last season.

Prior finished third in NL Cy Young Award voting in 2003, when he 18-6 with a 4.24 ERA and struck out 245 in 211 1/3 innings.