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The Red Sox have designated A.J. Pierzynski for assignment

Jul 9, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT

The Red Sox, with rumors of trading this or that player swirling, are apparently calling it a season. Or, at the very least, are trying something different than they tried heading into 2014. The move:

Pierzynski is experiencing his worst season at the plate since becoming a full-time big leaguer, hitting .254/.286/.348. Twenty-three year old Christian Vazquez has been called up. He and David Ross will be splitting catching duties for the duration, but it would make a lot more sense for Vasquez to get most of the reps.

Pierzynski is making $8.25 million this year. He’ll clear waivers and the Sox will be on the hook for the balance of that, but it’s unclear if any other team would want to take a chance on him. Worst case: we see A.J. working for TBS or Fox or whoever this postseason. He’s actually pretty darn good with that stuff.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Jul 9, 2014 at 3:04 PM

    “Or, at the very least, are trying something different than they tried heading into 2014″

    I thought having no real clear plan, and then abandoning it altogether early in the season was at least worth the effort.

    But yeah. Maybe go a different direction.

    • SocraticGadfly - Jul 9, 2014 at 3:22 PM

      More reason yet to see the Sox’s self-spinning about how close a Cards deal for Peavy is as nothing more than spin.

      • tfbuckfutter - Jul 9, 2014 at 3:26 PM

        Someone will take Peavy. I doubt they are trying to drum interest. Especially if he goes to the NL.

      • paperlions - Jul 9, 2014 at 3:34 PM

        Isn’t the day and age over during which people think that stories in the press create trade interest in players?

        Teams scout and evaluate everyone, no amount of rumor is going to make a team interested that wasn’t already interested. Teams looking for upgrades call everyone to check on availability and what they are looking for…..GMs don’t knock out trades over scotch on napkins at the hotel bar anymore.

      • SocraticGadfly - Jul 9, 2014 at 3:54 PM

        No, Lions, it’s not. See “Heyman, Jon.” He’s listed right below “Borass, Scott.” (Yes, he’s an agent, not a GM, but …)

        As for a GM? I’m sure Ruben still thinks a bit that way, off the top of my head.

        That said, it’s more the idea of the media, not the GMs. Trying to create pageviews, etc.

      • tfbuckfutter - Jul 9, 2014 at 4:21 PM

        Good point, Gadfly.

        Ruben is a dinosaur and seems like he’d be easy to trick.

      • paperlions - Jul 9, 2014 at 4:36 PM

        So, you disagreed and then wrote a bunch of stuff that doesn’t disagree with anything I said.

        Rumors and such have no effect whatsoever on the interest of teams in trade target. Teams do not rely on the media to know whether or not players are available. As demonstrated in the Astros information leak, teams are regularly in contact regarding potential moves and availability.

      • SocraticGadfly - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:59 PM

        Err, no. I disagreed by saying that I can think of one GM off the top of my head who prolly would do that, by noting that agents can also spin (with or without GMs) and that this issue was broader than that.

        For your info, the great Whitey Herzog, after he’d gone to the Angels, said GMs played along with agents’ spinning all the time, as long as it wasn’t ludicrous and agents weren’t “burning” GMs.

      • SocraticGadfly - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:54 PM

        And, I thought of a better yet refutation for @Lions. The original story linked here only mentioned the Cards by name, but other locations mentioned Braves and Brewers as showing interest, too.

        Yes, Mozeliak could check with his Atlanta and Milwaukee counterparts to find if they’re really that interested in Peavy, and tentatively what their offers might be. Likewise, they could ask him.

        Are those three GMs really going to put all their cards on the table like that? Er ….

        I doubt it.

        Enough to sell an oceanfront lot in Arizona, or a multimillion mansion in North St. Louis, on those odds.

    • rje49 - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:22 PM

      A.J. “is experiencing his worst season at the plate”. So are all the other Red Sox players. 3 guys starting last night with .100 something averages. Yes, time to man the lifeboats.

  2. timberwolvesbrisin - Jul 9, 2014 at 3:05 PM

    Twins should pick him to back up Suzuki, cant be worse than Eric Fryer.

  3. psousa1 - Jul 9, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    He’ll be picked up quick. The sox are paying the freight. The kid Vasquez they’re bringing up is there best defensive catcher since Tony Pena. He puts on a show throwing out runners.

  4. gregbeau - Jul 9, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    Wonder how the fit was in the clubhouse and if that had anything to do with this.

    • jdd428 - Jul 9, 2014 at 4:18 PM

      Reports earlier this season seemed to indicate AJ and Farrell never saw eye to eye.

  5. proudlycanadian - Jul 9, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    I think that the Red Sox just said “I surrender”.

  6. ravens2014 - Jul 9, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    could see the orioles being interested.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Jul 9, 2014 at 3:22 PM

      I sure hope not

      • 18thstreet - Jul 9, 2014 at 4:00 PM

        Weiters is right. You will hate him. Swings at everything. Lousy defensively — tries to block pitches in the dirt with his glove instead of with his body.

        Hooray! Hooray!

  7. drewzducks - Jul 9, 2014 at 3:19 PM

    And all along I thought Lee Majors was the Fall Guy.

    • 18thstreet - Jul 9, 2014 at 4:01 PM

      Yeah, they should have held onto him because … help me out here.

      • drewzducks - Jul 9, 2014 at 5:31 PM

        I must have missed where I said that they should’ve held on to him. Oh that’s right, I didn’t. Point is, they knew exactly what they were getting; a player whose plate”discipline” goes against everything the organization preaches and practices. And that’s not to mention his long list of documented “character flaws”. Some will make him out to be the poster child of what has gone wrong with the defending champs but I think that title belongs to Ben C. and his numerous miscalculations since November.

    • sophiethegreatdane - Jul 9, 2014 at 5:35 PM

      @drewz: awesome find!

      • drewzducks - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:22 PM

        Who doesn’t love the original $6M man. And you can never go wrong with Heather Thomas or Markie.

    • jwbiii - Jul 9, 2014 at 5:54 PM

      Wow. Markie Post? I did not remember that.

      • sabatimus - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:03 PM

        She was on a show other than Night Court???

  8. icanspeel - Jul 9, 2014 at 3:22 PM

    “Pierzynski is experiencing his worst season at the plate since becoming a full-time big leaguer, hitting .254/.286/.348.” Padres would love to have a player with that batting line. He’d be like 2nd or 3rd on the team in hitting.

    • SocraticGadfly - Jul 9, 2014 at 4:20 PM

      That’s roughly the same line as McCann … I’m sure the Yankees are hoping he finishes “adjusting to New York,” oh, before 4.5 more years pass by.

  9. redskinsnamestays - Jul 9, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    He’ll be picked up as soon as he clears. I personally think the guy is a dick, but he is a solid hitter. Dodgers have Butera getting a lot of ABs. And he’s hitting .202

    • musicman1434 - Jul 9, 2014 at 5:26 PM

      And .202 is his highest batting average of his 5 year career.

  10. ahrmon - Jul 9, 2014 at 3:38 PM

    That’s some dynasty, Lou.

  11. 18thstreet - Jul 9, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    You guys! I’m so happy.

    This is what I imagine V-E Day was like. Henceforth, July 9 will be V-AJP Day.

    • 18thstreet - Jul 9, 2014 at 3:54 PM

      I never got a chance to crowdsource a giant sign on the Route 9 that read, “DFA AJP.”

    • 18thstreet - Jul 9, 2014 at 3:57 PM

      This is the happiest I’ve been with a roster move since … sheesh … trading Shea Hillenbrand? Cutting Offerman?

      This is WAY better than the time they traded for Schilling. I can’t wait to tell my grandkids about it.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 9, 2014 at 4:12 PM

      Boooooo!!!!!!

      I love AJ. :(

      /throws nuts

      • 18thstreet - Jul 9, 2014 at 4:14 PM

        !!

        You know, I’ve spent the day thinking about how you’re one of the reasonable ones around here. And now I see you’re just as bad RandyGNYC and BarryWasBorninHonolulu. You monster.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 9, 2014 at 4:25 PM

        he he

        The funny thing is I don’t even usually like the bad boys. But, yeah, I blame Obummer for this. Also, he’s the worst president ever because he’s had 6 years and we still don’t have Sharia law in the US. He stinks!

      • jwbiii - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:03 PM

        Actually, we do have Sharia law, at least the parts that are acceptable. Trial by jury, law schools, accreditation of attorneys, etc. If you have a competent attorney, thank a Muslim.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:28 PM

        I just did!

      • jwbiii - Jul 9, 2014 at 8:05 PM

        Ok, thumbs downers, time for a history lesson. The US inherited these things from English common law. That is correct. Did the the English invent these concepts?

        No, they did not. They inherited them from the Normans, who were from northern France, and conquered southern England in the 11th century. Whether the Normans were from what we now call Denmark or what we now call Norway is a matter of dispute. Did the Normans invent these concepts?

        No they did not. They conquered Sicily and Malta earlier in the 11th century from the Saracens, who were Muslims. They adopted what was good from the Saracen culture into their own (trial by jury: good; women not showing skin: bad), so these things are a product of Sharia law.

  12. yahmule - Jul 9, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Well, it was safe to say AJ was going to have to keep producing to stay employed. He wasn’t going to get a long bon voyage from anybody. Somebody will pick him up and he’ll go to whoever wants him. I can’t see a stubborn guy like that going out like this.

  13. t3288 - Jul 9, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Next…bench Ortiz until he actually runs to first base on a ground ball. He is not Big Papi. He’s the big nobody

    • yahmule - Jul 9, 2014 at 4:37 PM

      Hey, there’s a nice big Papi bashing thread going right now. Let’s get organized here.

    • drewzducks - Jul 9, 2014 at 5:38 PM

      We’ll defer to your expertise on being a big nobody.

  14. xpensivewinos - Jul 9, 2014 at 4:31 PM

    You could tell from Day One that AJ just didn’t quite fit in there. He’s been atrocious (along with the entire team), but you could just tell it wasn’t a good fit.

    It happens…..

    • 18thstreet - Jul 9, 2014 at 4:51 PM

      Letting Saltalammachia go was a mistake. I didn’t understand it.

      Under the best case scenario, Vasquez and Swihart both have amazing careers. But that’s not what usually happens with prospects. It’s, like, a billion times more likely that at least one of them is a bust. And Salty for three years, $20 million doesn’t prevent you from doing other things. I just don’t get it.

      • sabatimus - Jul 9, 2014 at 5:29 PM

        Seriously. David Ross hasn’t been what anyone would call an “everyday” catcher since he caught 112 games with Cincy in 2007. Salty on the other hand caught 103, 121, and 121 through 2013 with a lot of power. The Sox now don’t have a decent, proven everyday catcher.

  15. thehawg - Jul 9, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    Red Sox should have resigned Salty. I’m sure they could have offered him more than the 21 million for 3 years that he got from the Marlins.

  16. tmohr - Jul 9, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Given Tyler Flowers’ present OPS+ of 62, AJ’s old employer in Chicago may be on the line.

  17. sabatimus - Jul 9, 2014 at 4:43 PM

    I liked Pierzynski as a Red Sox catcher until I noticed that he does what he wants when he wants at the plate, regardless of hitting situation. There have been several instances when he’s struck out swinging at utter garbage from a wild pitcher, with men on base, instead of just taking pitches. I know that he’s a free swinger, but come on, does he think he’s Vlad Guerrero?

  18. sabatimus - Jul 9, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Now, if they can just DFA Drew…

    • sabatimus - Jul 9, 2014 at 4:49 PM

      Oh wait. Lucchino is stubbornly clinging to his OPS+ 13 baby. Yep, THIRTEEN. Holy cow, even I thought it was at least 20 before I looked it up.

      • 18thstreet - Jul 9, 2014 at 5:03 PM

        Put yourself in the front office’s position. They thought Drew would be good. 82 plate appearances probably isn’t enough to shake them from that opinion. On the other hand, if they think Deven Marrero is ready to play shortstop, or if they want Middlebrooks to play third every day for the second half (to see what they have in him, once and for all), then Drew’s presence would block those things from happening.

        Me? I never would have signed the guy. But put yourself in the position of a person who DID want to sign him. What would it take to change your opinion? 24 games? Probably not. I think he gets two weeks after the All-Star Break, and that’s it.

        But if they can trade him, they will. I just can’t imagine who would want him.

      • sabatimus - Jul 9, 2014 at 5:18 PM

        I would never have signed him in the first place. His signing is pretty much alienating Bogaerts (which, admittedly, may be on Bogaerts’ ability or lack thereof to adapt). And Drew isn’t showing any signs at all of getting better. Even his throws from SS aren’t as sure as they were in the past. I can’t imagine anyone wanting Drew either at this point.

        I’m not sure if Marrero is ready yet, having only been in PAW for 7 games. I think Middlebrooks should be DFAed. I seriously doubt he’ll put together a week or two of great hitting to have much value in trade.

        I think the best situation would be to have Holt at third, Bogaerts at SS, and then figure out what the heck to do with the horrendously weak outfield: the team is going to need to trade good pitching to get something worth a damn back.

  19. t3288 - Jul 9, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Don’t f..k with our town, so says Ortiz. You don’t even live here. Shovel some snow before you open your filthy mouth.

    • sabatimus - Jul 9, 2014 at 4:49 PM

      Troll.

      • historiophiliac - Jul 9, 2014 at 6:21 PM

        What was that about?

    • unclemosesgreen - Jul 10, 2014 at 8:57 AM

      There’s no cure for your kind of stupid.

  20. 18thstreet - Jul 9, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    2013: Red Sox win World Series
    2014, with AJP: Red Sox are terrible.
    2014, with AJP: Red Sox are undefeated.

    #science

    • historiophiliac - Jul 9, 2014 at 11:10 PM

      Oh, get over it already.

    • mazblast - Jul 10, 2014 at 12:12 AM

      In 2012, without AJP, they were terrible.
      In 2013, without AJP, they were excellent.
      In 2014, with AJP, they’ve been terrible.

      I don’t see the correlation there.

      That said, this was probably the right move. AJ seems to be the kind of guy everyone puts up with when things are good. In the past he has been on a bunch of winning teams, but when things go sour, his personality really rubs people the wrong way and he’s the first one out the door.

      Since he’ll be available for the major league minimum pro-rated for the rest of the year for whoever signs him, someone will take a chance on him. Dodgers, maybe?

      • 18thstreet - Jul 10, 2014 at 7:02 AM

        Geez, Maz — isn’t it obvious I was joking? I mean, I didn’t want this signing the way the rest of Red Sox Nation apparently didn’t want Drew to return. But he’s obviously not uniquely to blame for the bad year.

        I just don’t see the appeal. I didn’t understand why they wanted him. And having him actually play on the team didn’t clarify anything.

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