Prior voids contract, becomes eligible for arbitration
The right-hander's agent, John Boggs, said Wednesday that Prior notified the team of his decision on Nov. 29.
Prior's deal, agreed to in 2001 after he was drafted, allowed him to void the contract after 2004 or 2005, but only if he had accumulated enough service time to be eligible for arbitration. He just missed having enough service time after 2004.
His first contract had called for a $2.75 million salary next year, and he will earn far more because of arbitration.
Prior went 11-7 in 2005, posting a 3.67 ERA. The 25-year-old had 188 strikeouts against 59 walks in 167.2 innings of work. Prior has only topped the 200-inning mark once in his career, and that was in 2003.
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