Yankees finalize minor league contract with Prior

The Yankees have finalized their minor league contract with

right-hander Mark Prior, who is trying to make it back to the major

leagues for the first time since 2006.

Still trying to come back from shoulder surgery, Prior spent

most of 2010 with an independent minor league team. He could be

reunited with former Chicago Cubs teammate Kerry Wood, who was New

York’s setup man late in the season and then became a free


New York also agreed to minor league contracts with

right-handers Brian Anderson and Buddy Carlyle; left-handers Neal

Cotts and Andy Sicco; infielder Doug Bernier; and catcher Gustavo