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Juan Pierre doesn’t get arbitration offer from White Sox

Nov 23, 2011, 2:40 PM EDT

Juan Pierre

Chicago won’t be getting a compensatory draft pick if Juan Pierre leaves as a free agent, as the White Sox declined to offer arbitration to the veteran outfielder with Type B status.

Pierre hit .279 with his usual lack of power and plate discipline, posting a sub-.700 OPS for the fourth time in five years. He also ceased being a positive factor on the bases, going just 27-of-44 on steal attempts.

It’s possible another team will view Pierre as still being a capable center fielder despite his playing exclusively left field for the past two seasons, but short of that the odds are seemingly against his finding another full-time gig at age 34.

Pierre just completed a five-year, $44 million contract that paid him $8.5 million in 2011.

As expected, the White Sox did offer arbitration to fellow Type B free agent Mark Buehrle.

  1. dodger88 - Nov 23, 2011 at 2:44 PM

    Ah, I love to see players become free agents from other teams while the Dodgers are still paying them!!!!!!!

  2. tuloisgod - Nov 23, 2011 at 2:55 PM

    Juan Pierre always has played the game the right way, hustling out everything. I admire that.

    • foreverchipper10 - Nov 23, 2011 at 3:39 PM

      His speed was his only good quality.

      • Old Gator - Nov 23, 2011 at 10:11 PM

        You don’t watch much baseball, do you?

  3. notsofast10 - Nov 24, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Juan Pierre is one of the REALLY GOOD GUYS in baseball. Very respected!

  4. fellspointbird - Nov 24, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    “I used to run base like Juan Pierre”

    I’d still take Pierre as a 4th OF and pinch runner on a number of teams.

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