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A.J. Pierzynski and the Marlins have “mutual interest”

Nov 16, 2010, 10:47 AM EDT

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According to Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post “there is mutual interest between the Marlins and A.J. Pierzynski, but he might be too expensive for Florida.”

Capozzi cites the $6.75 million Pierzynski made this season, but in reality there’s zero chance of him costing that much as a free agent in 2011. Pierzynski is 34 years old and coming off the worst season of his career, hitting .270 with a .300 on-base percentage and .388 slugging percentage for a .688 OPS after 10 straight years topping .700.

Toss in Ramon Hernandez re-signing with the Reds yesterday for one season and $3 million after having a significantly better year than Pierzynski and the market has pretty much been set for the veteran catcher. Even the penny pinching Marlins will be able to afford him, but the bigger issue is that Pierzynski is a Type A free agent.

Because the Marlins have the 14th pick in next year’s draft and the top 15 picks are protected from being free agent compensation they would instead send the White Sox their second-round pick for signing Pierzynski, but even that is a pretty steep price to pay for a mediocre 34-year-old catcher. Of course, that assumes the White Sox will offer Pierzynski arbitration by the November 23 deadline, which is far from a sure thing because he could simply accept the offer and force Chicago into a one-year deal for at least $6 million.

  1. jasonc2300 - Nov 16, 2010 at 11:22 AM

    I don’t think the White Sox would be too upset if AJ accepted arbitration, honestly.

  2. Utley's Hair - Nov 16, 2010 at 11:32 AM

    “Mutual interest?” So when’s their group date?

  3. Old Gator - Nov 16, 2010 at 11:36 AM

    The Feesh got snakebit at catcher last season, between the PED lockup and John Baker wasting the entire season waiting for his arm to heal and then going in for TJ surgery at the end of the year, probably hanging him up well into next season. Dumb, dumber, dumbest. But Pierzynski isn’t the answer. Unfortunately, he may well come cheaply enough so that the Feesh will treat him like he is. It’ll be as if they moved the hole in the infield from Uggla at second (as you can see I am treating him as gonzo) to behind the plate.

    I know we’ve got an entire weenter of Larry Beinfest trying to cram the pile of dung that is a Scrooge McLoria budget into his alembic just long enough to squeeze out a fool’s gold nugget or two, and he usually does produce a few. However, now that they have some of the boolpen help they needed so badly last season, they’ve blown open all kinds of holes in the offense, or are in the process of doing so. Dear Buddha, I have a(n admittedly premature) seeking feeling that the 2011 season is already looking like another lost planet expedeetion.

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