Have you heard? The New York Yankees and Texas Rangers are in competition for the services of a free-agent pitcher. Yep, the two teams are reportedly finalists for Mark Prior, who is attempting a major-league comeback at the age of 30.
Prior has not pitched in a big-league game since 2006 after a series of shoulder problems derailed his once-promising career. Prior has a 42-29 career record with a 3.51 ERA in five seasons. He has unsuccessfully attempted comebacks in both the Texas and San Diego organizations, and did pitch briefly in the Texas minor-league system in 2009.
Prior was drafted 43rd overall by the Yankees in 1998, but did not sign.
It would be a nice story if Prior were to make it back to the big leagues, even briefly, but I would not count on it. He has tried and failed too many times already.
The Yankees had reportedly been interested in Matt Diaz as a reserve outfielder, since Marcus Thames has bolted to Japan. That will not happen, though, since Diaz has signed a two-year deal with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Can't blame the guy, there are a lot more at-bats for him in Pittsburgh than there would be in the Bronx.