3 Dec 2013
Comments Off on AJ?
Jon Heyman is reporting that they Red Sox and A.J. Pierzynski have agreed to a deal. Great, just when I thought the Red Sox were getting rid of a catcher whose name I can’t spell in Jarrod Saltalamacchia, they go and sign an equally hard to spell catcher. Very selfish of them if you ask me.
Pierzynski is the catcher everyone hates, unless he is your teammate, which means he’ll probably fit in just fine in Boston. At the tail end of his career, he is a durable back-stop but we probably can’t expect more offensively from him than we would have from Salty.
Believe it or not, Pierzynski is a year older than David Ross, so the Red Sox have an AARP platoon at catcher. Ryan Lavarnway had best stay ready as it is likely Ross and maybe Pierzynski could break down, despite the latter’s track record of good health.
I like this signing, it provides a veteran platoon situation and doesn’t, I assume, lock the Red Sox up in a 5 year deal with a catcher. AJ, being the lefty, will get the majority of at bats and that is just fine, as long as he is in the 7-9 spots in the line-up. Of course, until details of the deal are released, I reserve final judgement.