Friday, December 20, 2013

Do These Sox Fit A.J. Pierzynski?

A.J. Pierzysnki wasn't the best decision by the Red Sox but it was much better than signing Jarrod Saltalamacchia to a multi year deal.

The best option would have been to sign Brian McCann. It was the one move the Yankees got right this offseason.

Living in Braves country I get to see a lot of McCann and he would have been perfect for the Red Sox. He can hit and I believe he will be able to hit through the life of this new contract. When all is said and done, he will be worth the money and then some for the Yankees.

The Red Sox have some young catchers in the system. Christian Martinez and Blake Swihart look to be the future. McCann could have been the perfect bridge. He could have caught for this year and next and then move into the DH role for David Ortiz (assuming Big Papi signs another one year extension and retires). Nobody can replace the impact of Big Papi in the lineup but McCann would be formidable in that role. If I were the GM, I would have went hard after McCann just like I did here in my addicting text sim baseball game.

McCann and the Yankees made a great decision though, Yankee Stadium is made for McCann.

Pierzyski's appeal is he just signed a one year deal. He comes with the baggage of being disliked by teammates though. However, he reportedly turned down two year deals to come to Boston on a one year deal. You like it when guys are eager to play for your organization.

David Ortiz has known AJ since they were teenagers and he has nothing but nice things to say about him. AJ's best friend is Johnny Damon who has gone on record saying he is a great teammate.

Then there is the matter about his actual production and place on the team. He has hist .321 for his career at Fenway Park but has yet to hit a homer. It is the only AL park in which he has not homered. His OBP is particularly impressive and Fenway isn't really suited for his offensive game. Defensively he is aging and average.

Pierzynski is on board with his role of sharing time with David Ross. He feels that cutting back on his games may help his production.

AJ is used to wearing #12 and that is his preferred choice. However, now that Mike Napoli has signed that number is no longer available. Pierzynski instead will wear #40 in honor Ken Harrelson who wore that number when he came to the Red Sox in 1967. Obviously, AJ and Hawk formed a pretty good friendship while AJ was with the White Sox.


  1. McCann has more value to the Yankees than to anyone else, because they're desperate for a catcher, and because the main asset he has is enhanced by playing in their bandbox. But, he's also coming off his worst two seasons with the bat since he was 23, and he's got a lot of mileage on him for a catcher--1,046 career games at a position where a lot of guys start to break down at 1,200 to 1,300. Plus, you can't count on him being a productive hitter at the same level as he moves into his 30s; like I said, he already seems to be declining.

    Passing on McCann was a good move. By the time he gets about halfway through that Yankee contract, he's going to be another payroll millstone for them.