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Red Sox release A.J. Pierzynski

Jul 16, 2014, 3:30 PM EDT

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A.J. Pierzynski passed through waivers unclaimed after being designated for assignment by the Red Sox last week and has now been released.

That means Boston is on the hook for his entire $8.25 million salary and the 37-year-old catcher is able to sign with any team for whatever he can get. His parting gift was being badmouthed in the media on his way out the door, which is something the Red Sox have become extremely proficient at in recent years.

Pierzynski hit just .254 with four homers and a .633 OPS in 72 games for the Red Sox, posting a hideous 40/9 K/BB ratio and throwing out just 19 percent of stolen base attempts. He should be able to latch on somewhere as a part-timer down the stretch, but his days as a starting catcher are probably over.

  1. petey1999 - Jul 16, 2014 at 3:44 PM

    “His parting gift was being badmouthed “by” the media on his way out the door, which is something the Red Sox “media” have become extremely proficient at “for many” years.”

    • doctorofsmuganomics - Jul 16, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      cool story bro

    • dillongeeescapeplan - Jul 16, 2014 at 4:00 PM

      Pierzynski’s the first player that actually deserved such a sendoff. Signing an aging, poor defensive, empty batting average hitting catcher was stupid from the get go. Throw in his personality and… well…

      • yahmule - Jul 16, 2014 at 4:03 PM

        Suffice to say, there’s nobody to root for in this situation.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 16, 2014 at 4:16 PM

        Yes, it is not like the Red Sox could have anticipated this.

      • stex52 - Jul 16, 2014 at 4:29 PM

        That’s the thing. They knew what they were hiring. Is that carte blanche to be jerks one more time? Maybe they should look in the mirror.

        I can’t believe I’m defending Pierzynski for anything!

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 16, 2014 at 4:17 PM

      Except the “media” always seem to have quotes and information from “Red Sox Executives.” Anonymously bashing former players seems to be their thing.

      • petey1999 - Jul 16, 2014 at 4:39 PM

        Wrong. Bradford quotes “multiple sources within the Red Sox clubhouse”. So we really don’t know who said what, do we? For all we know, the source could have been D’Angelo Ortiz. Don’t fall for this historical BS from Boston baseball writers.

    • rje49 - Jul 16, 2014 at 6:00 PM

      That’s right. It’s not the “Red Sox”, as in the organization or their official spokesperson. It’s “somebody” within the organization who leaks these comments to the media.

  2. proudlycanadian - Jul 16, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    If they had bad things to say about him, why did they sign him in the first place? They had plenty of years to scout him thoroughly, before they offered him that contract.

    • jcmeyer10 - Jul 16, 2014 at 4:09 PM

      I get not signing Salty but you’re right. This was a bad move from the jump.

      • 18thstreet - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:29 PM

        His teammates didn’t sign him. His teammates were the ones who badmouthed him.

        I’m sure everyone on this board admire every co-worker they’ve ever had, and never questioned our bosses’ judgment.

  3. sotaboy9 - Jul 16, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    His parting gift was $8.25 million dollars.

    • petey1999 - Jul 16, 2014 at 4:11 PM

      You can bad-mouth me all you want for that kind of money.

  4. yahmule - Jul 16, 2014 at 4:02 PM

    Speaking of wonderful teammates, I’m waiting for the thread about Luke Scott getting bounced from his Korean team for berating his manager Lee-man Soo as a “liar” and a “coward.”

    It will be weird watching Wyverns games without Scott there in his familiar seat on the bench, nursing a foot injury, but still grousing about his job status.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Jul 16, 2014 at 4:19 PM

      And here we all thought these were the good guys all this time. Whoda thunk it?

    • renaado - Jul 16, 2014 at 7:58 PM

      I’d be watchin the Samsung Lions if I were you, man, they’re the hottest team in the KBO right now and so as the NC Dinos.

      Eric Thames is certainly havin a magnificent year there too.

  5. jsally430 - Jul 16, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    Aj to the Oreos

    • dluxxx - Jul 16, 2014 at 4:31 PM

      Yeah, I guess if I was still getting paid for the rest of the season, I might sit around and eat some cookies too. Why work when they’re already paying you?

      • historiophiliac - Jul 16, 2014 at 5:01 PM

        I think he meant AJ is the cream filling.

      • dluxxx - Jul 16, 2014 at 5:20 PM

        That’s an image that I’ll need to drink away. I’m not sure if I should curse you or thank you for an excuse to drink…

      • yahmule - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:36 PM

        That’s an image that could knock someone off the wagon.

  6. jfk69 - Jul 16, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    Why is it that when I am unceremoniously dumped from a job I don’t get my yearly salary and the summer off.
    It is usually in the fall and must supply my own box. However once. I did get a security escort and a paper explaining to me how to file for unemployment insurance.
    Gratefully the fall snowflake softball league was just starting. I signed on immediately and never looked back.

  7. 4d3fect - Jul 16, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Hmf. Now who can I hate?

    • nbjays - Jul 17, 2014 at 7:17 AM

      Adam Wainwright, apparently. There seems to be all manner of vitriol on these boards pointed his way after the ASG. Feel free to pile on.

  8. gonderfan - Jul 16, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    I hope the White Sox bring him back; he’s not Jesse Gonder or George Kottaras, but still one of my favorite catchers of all-time…. And after he comes back, he should announce he is going to retire after this season, so he can have a farewell tour through the ballparks; everyone can shower him with gifts and praise.

    • weaselpuppy - Jul 16, 2014 at 5:25 PM

      shower him with *scorn and ridicule for how big of an a-hole he’s been his entire life*

      fixed it for ya.

    • tuberippin - Jul 17, 2014 at 1:54 AM

      I think the fans are going to be more apt to shower him with their overpriced beers and various foreign objects.

  9. candlestickkid - Jul 16, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    $8.25m to walk away. Where do I sign up?

    • yahmule - Jul 16, 2014 at 6:27 PM

      First show us you’re sincere.


  10. eshine76 - Jul 16, 2014 at 7:29 PM

    I know reports surfaced, but Cherrington was pretty upfront about the situation when he said that nothing about AJ surprised him except for the lack of production (i.e. ‘we were ok with him being a jerk as long as he produced. He didn’t, so his act wore thin, and we cut him.’)

  11. 18thstreet - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    This is the greatest thing to happen to the Red Sox since … crap, nothing comes to mind.

    I’m so happy.

    • historiophiliac - Jul 17, 2014 at 12:03 AM

      Are you still drunk? Lordy.

  12. hardkor07mn - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:33 PM

    Ha ha tool bag

  13. yahmule - Jul 16, 2014 at 8:38 PM

    IMO, the Giants hated him more.

  14. bubblehead22 - Jul 16, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    You can always count on chowduh heads for classy behavior…

  15. arrooo - Jul 16, 2014 at 11:22 PM

    Mets could use a vet catcher to help Travis along

  16. skipcastaneda - Jul 17, 2014 at 2:12 AM

    AJ is a clubhouse cancer and a cocksucker!

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