BRONX, N.Y. - The New York Yankees have signed pitcher Mark Prior to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
The 30-year-old right-hander has not pitched in the big leagues since 2006 while recovering from shoulder surgeries in 2007 and 2008.
Prior was the second overall pick in the 2002 First-Year Player Draft by the Cubs and compiled a 42-29 record with a 3.51 earned run average in five seasons with them.
His best campaign came in 2003, when he went 18-6 with a 2.43 ERA in 30 starts and finished third in the Cy Young Award voting. Prior established career- bests in wins, ERA and starts, as Chicago fell one game short of reaching the World Series.
The former USC standout pitched in relief nine times for the Orange County Flyers of the independent Golden Baseball League in 2010 before signing with the Texas Rangers and throwing one scoreless inning for Triple-A Oklahoma City in September.
The Yankees also signed former major league hurlers Neal Cotts, Buddy Carlyle and Andy Sisco to minor league deals with a spring training invitation.
Cotts owns a 10-12 career record with a 4.63 ERA in 284 appearances over seven seasons with the Cubs and White Sox. The 30-year-old southpaw was sidelined for the entire 2010 season while recovering from Tommy John surgery.
Carlyle has a career mark of 11-11 with a 5.61 ERA in 104 games, 27 as a starter, in parts of six seasons with San Diego, Atlanta and the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 33-year-old right-hander last appeared in the big leagues with the Braves in 2009.
Sisco made 151 relief outings with the Royals and White Sox from 2005-07 and put together a 3-9 record with a 5.18 ERA.