Can't say I am a fan of this signing, because, I don't really like A.J. Pierzynski. As long as he passes the physical, A.J. will get a 1-year, $8.25 million deal from the Sox.
According to multiple industry sources, the Red Sox have agreed to a one-year deal with free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski. Buster Olney of ESPN.com reported that Pierzynski, if he passes the physical, will be paid $8.25 million.
The catcher, who turns 37 this month, hit .272 with a .297 OBP and .425 slugging mark along with 17 homers in 134 games for the Rangers in 2013, continuing a track record of remarkable durability — he’s played 120 or more games in 12 straight seasons. He has a career line of .283/.322/.428. Pierzynski would offer the Red Sox a left-handed complement to David Ross while signalling the almost certain end of Jarrod Saltalamacchia‘s tenure with the Red Sox.
So, I guess that's goodbye, Salty. I have previously mentioned that I am not upset about the possibility of Salty leaving, but this makes me upset. I would much rather have Salty and his strikeouts, than A.J. Pierzynski.
Bringing A.J. Pierzynski in on a 1-year deal and having David Ross on the last year of his 2-year deal, shows that the Sox have a ton of confidence in their catchers in the minors.
Everyone knows about Christian Vazquez, who is tearing his way through the minors.
Blake Swihart is also getting some attention, showing great progression through Single-A. He has some power, can hit for average, and has some speed on the base paths. He will get a lot of attention in 2014.
Back to Pierzynski. It won't be that bad of a season with him, but it won't be that great and he will not be worth that $8.25 million. This will be a one-and-done deal, and most of us will forget about it after a few years.