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Mark Prior, Reds reach deal

3/1/2013 - MLB Mark Prior Cincinnati Reds + more

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Pitcher Mark Prior has joined the Cincinnati Reds in his latest comeback bid.

The Reds signed the 32-year-old righty to a minor league contract. This is the fourth straight spring that the oft-injured pitcher has tried to make it back to the majors.

Prior pitched for Boston's Triple-A affiliate last season, making 19 relief appearances with a 3.96 ERA.

The move reunites Prior and Reds manager Dusty Baker. They were together with the Chicago Cubs several years ago, and Prior was an All-Star in 2003, when the team came close to reaching the World Series.

Baker said Friday that he's kept up with Prior since their days in Chicago.