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Prior and Cubs Settle at $3.65 Million

January 28, 2006

CHICAGO (AP) _ Mark Prior and the Chicago Cubs agreed Friday to a $3.65 million, one-year contract, $900,000 more than the salary he would have earned under the contract he voided in November.

Prior was 18-6 in 2003, when the Cubs were within five outs of reaching the World Series, but dropped to 17-11 over the past two season. A sore elbow caused him to start last season on the disabled list, and when he came back he was hit in the elbow by a line drive. He finished 11-7 with a 3.67 ERA.

Under his previous contract, he had the right to terminate his deal once he became eligible for salary arbitration. He had asked for $4 million in arbitration and had been offered $3.3 million.

Prior’s deal with Chicago includes bonuses for finishing high in voting for MVP and Cy Young, winning a Gold Glove or Silver Slugger and making the All-Star team.

Chicago has four players remaining in arbitration: right-hander Carlos Zambrano, center fielder Juan Pierre, left-hander Will Ohman and infielder Jerry Hairston Jr.

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