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Don’t count on the White Sox re-signing A.J. Pierzynski

Nov 12, 2012, 1:46 PM EDT

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A.J. Pierzynski has said he’d like to re-sign with the White Sox and new general manager Rick Hahn has said he’s open to bringing back the free agent catcher, but Dan Hayes of put together five reasons why a reunion won’t be happening.

Some are money/roster based, while another is the fact that Tyler Flowers is 26 years old and if the White Sox think he has any kind of long-term future as a catcher in the big leagues it’s time to give him an extended opportunity.

Securing a multi-year contract might be tough for Pierzynski at age 35, but there are plenty of teams for whom he’d be a big upgrade coming off a season in which he hit .278 with career-highs in homers (27), RBIs (77), slugging percentage (.501), and OPS (.827). He’s not much of a defender at this point, but Pierzynski has been an above-average catcher offensively for basically his entire career.

  1. stex52 - Nov 12, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    With that hitting, he probably get a good job year to year. I like my catchers to lead with defense (especially in DH-ball), but his stats are good. Until the OPS drops quite a bit, someone will take him.

    After that, he will just have to spread his leathery wings and fly back to Mordor, whence he came.

    • Old Gator - Nov 13, 2012 at 4:34 AM

      He could always dwindle into a DH, I guess.

  2. albertmn - Nov 12, 2012 at 2:09 PM

    Doesn’t he seem like a fit for the Yankees? People already hate him. He hits better than he fields. He is older. He would fit right in.

  3. tmohr - Nov 12, 2012 at 5:40 PM

    Y’know, career highs at age 35 used to be a telltale indicator of hanky-panky. Not that AJ Pierogi would ever stoop to such a thing.

    • frank433 - Nov 12, 2012 at 5:52 PM

      Are you saying that he got laid a lot last year?

      • Old Gator - Nov 13, 2012 at 4:33 AM

        On the South Side? Not without paying for it. Maybe he hangs out up by Wrigley on his orf nights.

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