Prior takes pay cut
Former 18-game winner avoids arbitration with Cubs
Posted: Wednesday January 31, 2007 3:25PM; Updated: Wednesday January 31, 2007 3:35PM
Mark Prior agreed on Wednesday to a cut in pay and will make $3.575 million in 2007, sources said.
Prior, who made $3.65 million last year when he went 1-6 with a 7.71 ERA, had filed for $3.87 million through the arbitration process while the Cubs filed at $3.4 million.
Prior's new deal includes incentives based on games pitch that could add $300,000 to his base pay. In addition to the usual awards-type bonuses, Prior is to receive $125,000 should he win the Comeback Player of the Year, only fitting considering his awful 2006 when he went 1-6 with a 7.21 ERA while making only nine starts. He spent most of the season on the disabled list with an assortment of injuries, including a strained left oblique and right shoulder tendinitis.