Prior set to become free agent after Cubs sever ties
Updated: December 13, 2007, 1:17 AM ETAssociated Press
Prior had arthrosopic surgery on his right shoulder in April and missed the 2007 season.
He'd been ticketed for the minors after a spring training in which he was limited because of shoulder problems. In 2006, he made only nine appearances.
Prior is 42-29 with a 3.51 ERA in the majors. He made $3,575,000 last season.
Prior finished third in NL Cy Young Award voting in 2003, when he 18-6 with a 4.24 ERA and struck out 245 in 211 1/3 innings.
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