In a report for CBS Sports, Jon Heyman examines the market for free-agent C A.J. Pierzynski, and says his options are dwindling as time goes on.
Heyman says the White Sox appear committed to giving the starting job to Tyler Flowers, the Rangers, Mariners and Red Sox are all pursuing Mike Napoli, the Yankees are now looking at internal options now that Russell Martin has left for the Pirates, and said while the Dodgers might make a run at signing Pierzynski, one person familiar with the Dodgers’ thinking said the chances of them signing Pierzynki are “less than zero.”
In early November, Mark Bowman of MLB.com said the Mets could be among those interested in acquiring Pierzynski this winter.
Pierzynski, who will be 36 on Opening Day, hit .278 with 27 home runs and 77 RBI in 135 games for the White Sox in 2012. He just completed a two-year, $8 million contract he signed before the 2011 season.
Michael Baron, ContributorPierzynski had a fantastic year with the White Sox – he set a career-high with 27 home runs and matched a career-high with 77 RBI. He has been a durable and solid defensive catcher in his career and also earned a strong reputation working with the White Sox’s pitching staff this past season. That along with his proven leadership abilities could be very valuable to a team like the Mets, especially in their current state of evolution as they try to develop a young and talent pitching corps. It would be hard to expect a similar offensive output from Pierzynski next year, especially if he leaves US Cellular Field which is a haven for hitters. I’d be interested to see what happens this week in Nashville, but if his market continues to shrink, he could ultimately emerge as an option for the Mets.
Don’t get me wrong – Pierzynski shouldn’t be considered a long-term option by any means. But going the free agent route for catching would allow the Mets to either retain both R.A. Dickey or Jon Niese, or use their trade value to acquire an outfielder instead.