Mailbag: Why so little interest in A.J. Pierzynski?

A.J. Pierzynski

Peter B in New York: “Although the Mets are a few years away from contending, why not bring in free-agent C AJ Pierzynski to add an element of toughness behind the plate, proven leadership and an aide to the young, talented pitchers the Mets have on the rise. Plus, his offensive output will be leaps and bounds over Thole.”

Pierzynski, 36, hit .278 with 27 HR and 77 RBI in 135 games for the White Sox last season.

He has played in at least 120 games each of the last 10 seasons.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

There is no indication the Mets have interest in Pierzynski. Interestingly, other teams looking for a catcher, like the Dodgers, Mariners and Yankees, are reportedly not pursuing Pierzynski either.

The buzz in baseball is that Pierzynski is most interested in either re-signing with the White Sox, where he’s played the last eight seasons, or sign with the Rays (in Tampa where he lives in the off season). However, the White Sox don’t seem to aggressive in bringing him back either, saying many times they’re more than fine going with the younger Tyler Flowers instead.

Initially, it was reported Pierzynski was seeking at least a two-year, $16 million deal. Based on the above, though, I’m guessing he could soon be considering a one-year offer.

I’ve heard speculation that National League teams are shying away from him because he’ll need more days off in the coming seasons, and American League teams just don’t like his attitude and style having competed against him the last decade.

I’d be interested in him for one season, but I’d be reluctant to commit to him beyond that given his age and the number of games he had caught during the last decade. However, as he reduces his demands, I bet other teams get involved again, including the White Sox.