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Prior signs with Reds in comeback bid

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Mark Prior, the 32-year-old right-hander who hasn't pitched in the major leagues since 2006, has signed a minor-league contract with the Cincinnati Reds, according to a report.

Shoulder problems have plagued Prior and thwarted several comeback attempts by the former Cubs pitcher who played in Chicago for current Reds manager Dusty Baker.

"He called me and asked for a chance," Baker told The Cincinnati Enquirer. "I talked to (Reds general manager) Walt (Jocketty). (Prior) says he feels good. He feels like he has some unfinished business. This is gives him one more chance or a chance at closure."

Baker and Prior have maintained a friendship through the years.

"I talk to him a couple of times a year," Baker said. "He's always come to see me when we were in San Diego."

Last season, Prior pitched for Pawtucket, the Boston Red Sox's triple-A team, and posted a 1-0 record with a 3.96 ERA in 25 innings. He struck out 38 batters and walked 23.
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