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Twins making progress with A.J. Pierzynski

Dec 1, 2013, 10:59 AM EDT

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Joe Mauer is officially moving to first base next season and the Twins aren’t quite sold that Josmil Pinto is ready to be an everyday catcher, so the goal is to bring in a new backstop this winter. And the wheels have already been put into motion.

According to beat writer LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Minnesota front office is “making progress” in negotiations with free agent A.J. Pierzynski, who was a third round draft pick of the Twins in 1994 and spent the first six years of his major league career (1998-2003) with the club.

Pierzynski, 36, batted .272/.297/.425 with 17 home runs and 70 RBI in 134 games this past season for the Rangers. It’s not clear how many other teams are interested, but he seems likely to land a two-year contract.

It’s been a busy couple weeks for the Twins, who recently signed Phil Hughes and Ricky Nolasco.

  1. missthemexpos - Dec 1, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Is there something in the drinking water of the Twin Cities the way Minnesota is throwing around the money this off-season?

    • mariagjones - Dec 1, 2013 at 2:44 PM

      my best friend’s aunt makes $78 hourly on the laptop. She has been fired for 7 months but last month her check was $15766 just working on the laptop for a few hours. look at here…..

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    • greatmiamisportsmind - Dec 1, 2013 at 10:26 PM

      It’s called fan backlash. The Twins force fed the fans crap pitching rotation, and the fans revolted in Marlin like style by simply not showing up. Sure, they cash in on the tickets being sold (they sucked all of them into ticket packages for the All-Star Game in next summer), but took in next to nothing in concessions when nobody showed up towards the end of the season.

      Nolasco and Hughes are not #1 pitchers, but they are defiantly an upgrade over what they had. If their couple of pitching prospects turn out to be as good as advertised, then in 2015, they could have a chance to compete for a wild card spot… maybe.

  2. migoli - Dec 1, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    Making up for lost time

  3. twinwildflyer - Dec 1, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    Morneau’s contract is gone so they’re spending money to try and improve the team. They need to do what they can to sell tickets.

    • greatmiamisportsmind - Dec 1, 2013 at 10:39 PM

      Quit making excuses for the Pohlad’s not spending money. The Twins opening day payroll was $75,802,500 this past season. Down $36,934,500 for their 2011 opening day payroll of $112,737,000. With Morneau off the books, their payroll is a tiny $61,802,500, which puts them 4th to the bottom of the league.

    • 4d3fect - Dec 2, 2013 at 12:26 AM

      Target gift cards to early subscribers?

  4. irishfan82 - Dec 1, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    Love it, Twins could use a fiery guy in the clubhouse. Solid everyday catcher is a big need for the Twins

  5. proudlycanadian - Dec 1, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    LaVelle E. Neal 111 is on top of the Twins news. Last night, he was credited with breaking the news of the Phil Hughes signing. Well done sir!

  6. blynch67 - Dec 1, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Isn’t he the biggest dick in azzhole in baseball (now that Bonds has retired)?

    His career should have been over several years ago. Why do teams still sign him?

    • lazlosother - Dec 1, 2013 at 8:58 PM

      Because he’s a pretty solid player.

      • xjokerz - Dec 1, 2013 at 9:59 PM

        not really.

      • greatmiamisportsmind - Dec 1, 2013 at 10:49 PM

        He’s like Matt Cooke in hockey, you love the guy if he’s your team, otherwise you can’t stand him.

        If offensively being in the top 5 of catchers in BA, top 8 OB%, top 6 in SLG, top 6 OPS, top 8 in HR, top 8 RBI, and top 6 in H last season…

        If defensively being the top catcher in fielding percentage, top 7 in past balls, top 7 in stolen bases allowed, and making the fewest errors last season…

        not really a solid player, that explains why your not a baseball GM and instead your sitting in your parents basement playing video games at age 35.

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