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Cardinals officially add A.J. Pierzynski; designate George Kottaras for assignment

Jul 26, 2014, 11:40 AM EDT

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Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch passes along word that the Cardinals have officially signed veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski and will have him available for today’s game against the Cubs. George Kottaras, who was claimed off waivers from the Indians in the wake of Yadier Molina‘s torn thumb ligament, has been designated for assignment to clear a spot on the roster.

Pierzynski was cut loose by the Red Sox last month after he batted just .254/.286/.348 with four home runs and 31 RBI over 72 games. The 37-year-old backstop also apparently wasn’t very popular among his teammates.

Tony Cruz has received most of the playing time since Molina’s injury, but Pierzynski provides a veteran alternative down the stretch. The Cardinals will only have to pay him a prorated portion of the major league minimum.

  1. rockymountainoysters - Jul 26, 2014 at 12:36 PM

    This might be exactly what the Cardinals need, actually. The Anti-Matheny

    • paperlions - Jul 26, 2014 at 2:35 PM

      I hadn’t thought of that before but he really is, he’s very intelligent, a giant jackwagon, and he’s never squandered his career earning in a couple of years with a string of obviously horrible real estate deals.

  2. skipcastaneda - Jul 26, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    Congratulations St. Louis Cardinals. You just let a cancer in the clubhouse. Mike Matheny deserved better than this. Now he has to deal with A.J. Pierzynski’s BS. Desperation move at its finest.

  3. jre80 - Jul 26, 2014 at 12:43 PM

    Hope he breaks leg in 1st AB. Nice move Mo. This guy is a bum. Bring back Michael Barrett to keep his punk a$$ in line.

    • doctorofsmuganomics - Jul 26, 2014 at 2:25 PM

      “Hope he breaks leg in 1st AB”

      Classy.

    • stlouis1baseball - Jul 28, 2014 at 10:00 AM

      A.J. might be a huge prick. Both on a personal level and in the clubhouse.
      But with that post…you have proven yourself to be a huge pile of s h i t.

  4. baberuthslegs - Jul 26, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    “If you play against him you hate him. If you play with him, you hate him a little less.”
    Ozzie Guillen

  5. twinfan24 - Jul 26, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    Those of you with all the AJ hate need to settle down. He isn’t being brought in to replace Yadi, because no one can do that. He is being brought it because he has more potential upside as the #2 catcher than Kottaras. He won’t be on the team longer than it takes Yadi to get healthy. He has a rep as not getting along in the clubhouse, but I have a feeling that was more prevalent when he was an integral part of the team. Being brought in as the #2 should make him a little more little to stay quiet. And, with it being a short term thing, he may have less time to grate on anyone’s nerves.

  6. jrod2go - Jul 26, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    I feel bringing him in officially marked the end of Yadi’s season. And I actually hope he does shake up the club house a bit. They need someone to light a fire under their collective arse right now.

  7. nsstlfan - Jul 26, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    Pretty good debut today. Three for four with an RBI.

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