As most of you know, Mark Prior’s minor league start was pushed back from today to Friday, despite the fact that Prior claims to be healthy. Rotoworld reports that Mark will begin this season on the Iowa roster (he still has options) or on the DL for an “extended spring training.”
The Marlins are considering making an offer for Angel Pagan, perhaps using shortstop prospect Robert Andino as bait, FOXSports.com’s Ken Rosenthal reports.
Such a deal wouldn’t solve the problems of either team. Pagan wasn’t quite as bad as expected for the Cubs last year, hitting .247/.306/.394 in 170 at-bats, but he doesn’t have the range in center to make up for his bat and he’d be fortunate just to have a long career as a fifth outfielder. As for Andino, well, he’s just 22, giving him plenty of time to improve. However, he’d be a downgrade from Tomas Perez in a utility role right now. He hit .255/.303/.363 in a great hitter’s park at Triple-A Albuquerque last year.
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Mark’s velocity is way down and he is unable to spot his fastball. And his curveball is nonexistent, thusfar in 3 1/3 innings pitched Prior sports an 18.90 ERA, having given up eight hits and five walks.
It’s embarrassing for a guy who supposedly worked all during the offseason that he came into camp not ready to pitch again. Except this time there is no Dusty Baker to make excuses and mommy-coddle a pitcher who’s time in the big ring known as Wrigley Field appears to be dwindling. In today’s Sun-Times Jay Marriotti calls for Prior to be traded, I’m not sure there would be much offered in return. I think it’s time for Prior to learn some humility – he’s pitching like a minor league pitcher, therefore he should start living the life of a minor league pitcher. No more excuses, onward and downward to Des Moines, Prior should earn his way back up.
UPDATE: According to Sports Illustrated, Kerry Wood has just been shut down due to triceps soreness. It appears as though Wood will not be ready for Opening Day; my guess is that this makes a roster spot for Rocky Cherry almost guaranteed if he continues to throw well. Who knows, we might even see Samardzija for a cup o’ coffee but methinks Cherry is more likely.
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