• According to the San Diego Union Tribune, the Padres are ready to make a run at Mark Prior and Matt Clement. (Source)

    The Padres are among the clubs trying to trade for Cubs pitcher Mark Prior, General Manager Kevin Towers said yesterday, and Towers expects to revisit trade talks during the upcoming winter meetings in Nashville, Tenn.Prior, a San Diego native and USDHS alum, has made it known he wants to pitch for the Padres.

  • Jerry Crasnick talks about some of the free agent hurlers in this off-season class. Mentioned as a potential non-tender in the list was Mark Prior. Jason Marquis was mentioned as a potential trade target as a salary dump. (Source)

    If the Cubs decide to cut Prior loose, the line will stretch around the block. When asked how many clubs would have an interest in Prior if he’s suddenly free in December, one NL executive replied, “Twenty-nine.”

    And it remains to be seen how much Prior will pitch in 2008. The Cubs would love to have him back by May, but Prior, who had shoulder surgery last April, hasn’t even begun throwing off a mound yet.

    Even if the Cubs don’t trade Prior, there have been some rumblings that they’re listening on Jason Marquis. After a strong start last season, Marquis posted an unsightly 5.73 ERA after the All-Star break. The Cubs owe him $16.25 million over the next two years, and he didn’t exactly ingratiate himself with manager Lou Piniella with his performance down the stretch.

  • Josh Vitters and USA team member Tyler Colvin were both listed in the top 50 prospects list on MiLB.com. It’s good to see both of these guys ranked so high, especially Colvin who many thought was an overdraft when he was picked in the first round in 2006. He’s beginning to show all the critics they were wrong. They profiled each of the top 50 and even have a brief video snip on each of their player pages.#44 – Tyler Colvin – (Player Page)

    #30 – Josh Vitters – (Player Page)

    Complete Top 50 List

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