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Rival executives say Cubs willing to deal Prior

Updated: November 27, 2007, 11:59 AM ET
By Buster Olney | ESPN The Magazine

Four years ago, Mark Prior had the kind of stature that Johan Santana has now, as the pitcher that everybody would love to have. But now the Chicago Cubs have made it known that they are willing to trade the former All-Star pitcher, rival executives say.

Prior, 27, had shoulder surgery last April and has received a very encouraging prognosis from Dr. James Andrews, and he is expected to pitch in 2008.

But since he went 18-6 with a 2.43 ERA in 2003, Prior has had repeated physical ...

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