Prior set to become free agent after Cubs sever ties
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.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press
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