Cubs, Prior reach 1-year agreement

Updated: January 31, 2007, 4:15 PM ET
Associated Press

CHICAGO -- Right-hander Mark Prior and the Chicago Cubs agreed on a one-year deal Wednesday and avoided salary arbitration.

Prior will get $3,575,000 and would earn an additional $150,000 each for making 27 and 30 starts.

Once considered a Cubs' ace of the future, Prior has won just 18 games the past three seasons while battling injuries.

The 26-year-old Prior made $3.65 million last season, when he was bothered by an ailing shoulder and went 1-6 with a 7.21 ERA in nine starts. ...

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