Why Not?

There are plenty of naysayers out there scoffing at the Yankees announcement that they have signed Mark Prior to a minor league deal. Joel Sherman reports that the deal calls for Prior to make $750K if he makes the majors and another $800K in incentives based on innings pitched. He also notes that the Yankees view him as a reliever.

I get it, he will probably blow out his arm in camp, but what exactly are the Yankees risking here? Even if he made the big league roster, his salary of $750K is only $300K more than they would pay a guy fresh up from the minors. Kerry Wood reinvented himself as a reliever, perhaps Prior can to. It’s a great move by the Yankees to find out.