MINNEAPOLIS -- The Rangers have agreed to terms with right-handed pitcher Mark Prior on a minor league contract. He's expected to join Triple-A Oklahoma City on Saturday.
Prior, who turns 30 on Tuesday, had a 42-29 record and a 3.51 ERA in 106 games with the Cubs from 2002 to 2006. He went to San Diego after that, but he never played because of injury issues. He had arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder in April 2007 but started the 2008 season on the disabled list with a shoulder strain. He had surgery again on the shoulder in June 2008. Prior went through rehab for parts of the next two seasons with the Padres before he was released in August 2009.
Prior signed a contract with the Orange County Flyers of the Golden Baseball League on Aug. 3 and has allowed one earned run over nine relief appearances (11 innings) with 22 strikeouts and five walks.
Prior was the second overall pick in the 2001 draft by the Cubs and was an All-Star in 2003, finishing third in the Cy Young Award voting with an 18-6 mark and a 2.43 ERA. But his last MLB appearance was more than four years ago, on Aug. 10, 2006, at Milwaukee.
Richard Durrett is a reporter and columnist for ESPNDallas.com.