Originally Posted by The DARK
Reminds me of the Dontrelle Willis signing a couple years back... giving a MLB burnout that isn't too old and in good shape a shot at a minor comeback. I hope he might be able to fill in admirably in the same way Willis did.
I'm glad to see the two of them on good terms, though. Given all the flak Baker took, I'm glad to see the player loyalty is still there.
I am not sure this signing indicates how much loyalty Prior has towards Dusty Baker. This isn't a case of Prior finally deciding to make his long-awaited, eagerly anticipated return to baseball glory and graciously offering the Reds the first shot at signing him because of his loyalty to Dusty Baker.
Let's not forget, Prior has tried to come back with several other teams before calling Dusty this season. Prior has had failed minor-league stints with the Padres in 2009, Rangers in 2010, Yankees in 2011, Red Sox in 2012 and even played in an independent minor league for awhile. It is possible Prior only called Dusty as a last resort when nobody else wanted him. Who knows?
I don't think Prior's alleged love for Dusty has earned the Reds a coveted bonus here. The fact that Spring Training has already started and Prior has had to wait until now to get a non-roster invite from a team is a strong indication that his services were not highly sought after around the league this year. I think this is Dusty doing a favor for a friend rather than the Reds cashing in on the loyalty Dusty inspires in his former players.