Mark Prior is making yet another pitch to return to the big leagues.
The 32-year-old Prior has signed a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds, marking the fourth straight spring the oft-injured righty has tried a comeback.
Prior has not been in the majors since 2006. He pitched for Boston in Triple-A last season, making 19 relief appearances with a 3.96 ERA.
This move reunites Prior and Reds manager Dusty Baker. They were together with the Chicago Cubs several years ago, and Prior was an All-Star in 2003 when the team came close to reaching the World Series.
''He called me in the winter. We talk sometimes. He sends my wife updates on the kids,'' Baker said Friday. ''He never asked me for anything. He said, `Hey man, I'd like to try it one more time.' I told him, `If I can help you, I'll make the opportunity.'''
Baker was criticized by some for overusing Prior, but the pitcher never blamed the manager. A friendship between them led to this latest chance.
Baker got the ...