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Dodgers in the mix for A.J. Pierzynski?

Nov 29, 2012, 10:24 PM EDT

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UPDATE: Heyman was told by Dodgers officials that it’s unlikely they’ll make a run at Pierzynski. Makes sense with Ellis in-house. As in, they’re all stocked up on A.J.’s.

10:15 PM: It seems like the deep-pocketed Dodgers have been mentioned as a potential suitor for nearly every free agent on the market. Now it’s A.J. Pierzynski‘s turn.

According to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, the Dodgers have emerged as an “interesting surprise possibility” for Pierzynski. A.J. Ellis is coming off a solid season, so it’s not a huge area of need, but Heyman notes that the Dodgers tried to sign Pierzynski two years ago before he returned to the White Sox for less money.

The market for Pierzynski has been pretty quiet thus far, but things could heat up now that Russell Martin has signed a two-year, $17 million deal with the Pirates. The Yankees, Mariners and Rangers are among the teams in the market for a catcher. The Red Sox are currently talking to Mike Napoli, but view him more as a first baseman and occasional catcher. The White Sox can’t be ruled out as a possibility for Pierzynski, though it appears they are content with giving Tyler Flowers a shot.

Pierzynski is looking to cash in this winter after batting .278/.326/.501 in 2012 while establishing new career-highs with 27 homers and an .827 OPS. He turns 36 later this month.

  1. manchestermiracle - Nov 30, 2012 at 12:12 AM

    Not sure why you’d want to pursue someone who already spurned you for less money. Why would you want someone on your team who obviously doesn’t want to play for you? Not even Ned would Ned that.

    • spol85 - Nov 30, 2012 at 8:49 AM

      This is a totally different ownership group. He may not have wanted to be around all the issues the Dodgers were facing at that time. He may have thought the White Sox had a better chance to win at that time. He may have had personal reasons to stay in Chicago (kids in school there, wife likes it there, etc.). He may have had other business interests in Chicago.

      It doesnt happen often but sometimes its not all about the money.

  2. crisisjunky - Nov 30, 2012 at 1:13 AM

    Could be a good signing.
    His success in the Dodger clubhouse might be in indirect proportion to his epic failure as a Giant.

    • manchestermiracle - Nov 30, 2012 at 11:03 AM

      For someone just voted the most-hated player in baseball I can’t see him being a positive clubhouse influence. Say what you want about Ozzie Guillen, but I’d think twice about adding a player when his own manager says “If you play against him, you hate him. If you play with him, you hate him a little less.”

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