Sox sign Prior to minor league deal

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Sox sign Prior to minor league deal

BOSTON -- Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington announced Wednesday that the club had signed Mark Prior to a minor league deal.
Prior, 31, has been in Fort Myers at the team's extended spring training program.
"He's looked good,'' said Cherington. "The velocity's been good. He's coming off a groin procedure this winter, so we're going to leave him down there for a while just to build strength before we send him out to a minor league club.''
Prior was once one of the game's most talented young pitchers, the equivalent of Stephen Strasburg a decade ago. Signed for a then-record 10.5 million signing bonus out of USC by the Chicago Cubs, Prior was the second overall pick in 2001.
Two years later, he went 18-6 with a 2.43 ERA as the Cubs came with a few innings of winning their first pennant in more than half a century.
But shoulder issues plagued Prior after his second season and he won just 18 games combined for the next three years.
He's since spent time in the minors with San Diego, Texas, and, last year, the New York Yankees, the team which drafted him out of high school -- but didn't sign him -- in 1998.
Prior has continued to be hampered by a series of injuries and has appeared in just 24 games -- all in the minors -- since 2006.

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Red Sox avoid arbitration with Bogaerts, Holt with 1-year deals

Facing a 1 p.m. Friday deadline to avoid arbitration, the Red Sox reportedly agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with center field Jackie Bradley Jr., and also avoided hearings with six other players.

Shortstop Xander Bogaerts, utilityman Brock Holt, pitchers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross Jr., Tyler Thornburgh and catcher Sandy Leon also agreed to one-year deals.

Terms of the deals were not announced.

It leaves left-handers Fernando Abad and Drew Pomeranz as the only arbitration-eligible Red Sox without a deal.  

Report: Bradley Jr. avoids arbitration, agrees to 1-year, $3.6M deal with Red Sox

Report: Bradley Jr. avoids arbitration, agrees to 1-year, $3.6M deal with Red Sox

Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley avoided arbitration and agreed to a one-year, $3.6 million deal with the team, ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick reported.

Bradley, who turns 27 April 19, had his best season in 2016, hitting .267 with 26 homers and a league-best 29-game hitting streak. He also won his first Gold Glove. A Scott Boras client, Bradley isn’t eligible for free agency until 2020. 
 
Friday at 1 p.m. was the deadline to reach deals to avoid arbitration. 

Other arbitration-eligible Red Sox are infielders Xander Bogaerts and Brock Holt, left-handers Drew Pomeranz and Fernando Abad, right-handers Joe Kelly, Robbie Ross and Tyler Thornburg and catcher Sandy Leon.