Sep 21, 2010, 4:16 PM EDT
A.J. Pierzynski has raised his batting average from .231 to .272 by hitting .393 over the past 28 games, but his OPS is still a career-low .691 and the 33-year-old impending free agent told Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune that he has “no idea” if the White Sox will try to re-sign him.
Coming into the season 24-year-old prospect Tyler Flowers seemed positioned to take over for Pierzynski behind the plate in 2011, but hitting just .220/.334/.434 with 16 homers and a 121/55 K/BB ratio in 100 games at Triple-A may have squashed those plans.
Pierzynski has been incredibly durable, catching 1,000 innings in nine straight seasons, and even his current .691 OPS is actually right around the MLB average (.705) for the position, but handing out multi-year deals to catchers in their mid-30s rarely proves to be a good decision.
- Bryce Harper pulled from Saturday’s game for not hustling 71
- Report: MLB likely to adjust rules for plays at home and transfer catches 18
- Settling the Score: Friday’s results 17
- Giancarlo Stanton sends the Marlins to victory with a walk-off grand slam 22
- Jason Bartlett will retire after 10 years in the big leagues 11
- Hank Aaron is getting vile racist hate mail in retaliation for pointing out that racism still exists (248)
- “They Don’t Know Henry” (167)
- Doug Glanville’s story about being racially profiled at his own home (125)
- There is still a racial divide in baseball (112)
- And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights (96)