King: Yankees haven’t shown much interest in A.J. Pierzynski

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Via George King: The Yankees “haven’t shown much interest” in free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski, though that was before Russell Martin agreed to sign with the Pirates. Things may have changed since the free agent catching market stinks.

Pierzynski, 36 next month, hit a career-best .278/.326/.501 (118 wRC+) with 27 homers in 520 plate appearances this year. His previous career-highs were 18 homers (2005) and 112 wRC+ (2003). Pierzynski has over 13,000 career innings behind the plate and is well past the point when most catchers turn into pumpkins. He’s very unlikely to repeat that offensive performance and when you add in the fact that he’s an all-time jerk, there are several reasons why the Yankees are right not to have much interest. Then again, there is a major shortage of viable alternatives right now.

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Season Review: Miscellaneous Pitchers
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  • Granderslam

    Carlos Santana, please. Pipe dream…

    • dave

      joe mauer, in a trade for Romaine, Granderson, and some of the relief corp or maybe for Alex

      • http://www.nesn.com/2011/01/2011-red-sox-will-challenge-1927-yankees-for-title-of-greatest-team-in-major-league-history.html wilk

        i am hoping to god right now that this isn’t serious

        • Laz

          Mauer is making $23M aav for 6 more years, unless the Twins are throwing in some cash they aren’t going to get all that much back.

          • https://twitter.com/MattMontero1 matt montero

            No one has mention a Mauer-Arod trade? Cmon guys.

            • Bertin Lefkovic

              I would do that, but the Twins wouldn’t. Someone here said that Carl Crawford can’t be traded to the Yankees, but I wonder if there is some way that the Yankees, Twins, Angels, and Dodgers could do a four-way trade where A-Rod goes to the Dodgers, Crawford goes to the Angels, Vernon Wells goes to the Twins, and Mauer goes to the Yankees. Since the Angels are probably getting the best out of this deal, they would probably have to throw the Twins some prospects, while the Yankees throw them Francisco Cervelli or Eli Whiteside. Thoughts?

              • Laz

                Too many teams. 3 way trades are hard enough, let alone bringing in a 4th team and them all getting what they want.

                Angels wouldn’t be getting the better deal, they would want no part of that let alone throwing in prospects. All players making 20M+ but length of wells is way less. Wells has $42M left, whereas CC has 102.5M. He could probably be worth the $12M aav that it would leave the angels over wells, but that is still a big commitment to add $60M in a trade.

                I think it would be interesting and you could make it even, but don’t see it happening because there is too many teams involved.

              • Eric

                Here’s a thought: you’re stupid. In what universe would a trade like that happen? Most people can’t even coordinate a 4-team trade in a fantasy league.

      • RetroRob

        The Twins could do much better than that. Granderson is a one-year rental and Romine is a AA-catcher to date with a questionable back. Mauer is the Jeter of the Twins who has a no-trade clause.

        Every team has a price, but Granderson won’t be part of it, and Romine would be a secondary piece.

  • Kiko Jones

    I hope they didn’t let Russell go to pick up a lesser option…

  • dalelama

    Being a jerk didn’t stop the Yanks from giving Aroid a franchise crippling contract.

    • JuliusCrixus

      Wonder if Posada can still play…

      • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

        I’d like him to come back. Andy did!

        • Anal Hershiser

          Maybe Yogi could come back on a one year deal – he probably made 100k the last time he played, he’d be a cheap alternative

    • jjyank

      Except A-Rod is generally considered a very good teammate, especially in the last 3-4 years.

      • DC

        Not in Lamaland.

  • thenamestsam

    The fact that he’s a jerk AND coming off a career year makes him feel like the total opposite of a Cashman move. If I was a gambling man I’d bet most of the resources end up spent in a different arena and we’re looking at an opening day pair of 2 out of 3 of Romine/Stewart/Cervelli.

    • dalelama

      Yuck

  • Ramondo

    After Martin left for Shitsburgh, you gotta take a serious look at AJ. Maybe being in NY will change him…OK, maybe it won’t but he’s a better hitter than the aforementioned 3.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      No. No you don’t.

  • http://www.nesn.com/2011/01/2011-red-sox-will-challenge-1927-yankees-for-title-of-greatest-team-in-major-league-history.html wilk

    i don’t love him because of his age, workload, and personality.

    but what alternatives do we have?

  • ton lon ton

    if being a jerk was a consideration then how in the name of all that is holy did sheffield ever get signed?????????????????????????

    • FIPster Doofus

      Because he was awesome. Pierzynski isn’t.

    • art vandelay

      The boss signed him, not cash$

      • JAG

        True story, Cashman wanted Vlad, IIRC.

  • FIPster Doofus

    I hope he signs with the Dodgers and then the Dodgers trade Ellis to the Yankees. Ellis > Pierzynski.

    • Laz

      Don’t worry. Couple years Ellis will fall apart and he will be the Yankees catcher. Bout 5 years ago I dreamed of the Yankees having Martin as the catcher.

      • Steve (different one)

        Its so hard being a Yankee fan, isn’t it?

  • Laz

    “Yankees haven’t shown much interest in A.J. Pierzynski”

    Best news I heard all day.

    • Betty Lizard

      Maybe there is a god.

  • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

    How about signing Schierholtz and Jurrjens? (both newly non-tendered) They both have fantastic names, Schierholtz is a necessary piece and Jurrjens would be a nice trade chip or he could fill Phelps’ role from last year.

    • whozat

      If Jurrjens would be a nice chip why wouldn’t someone else just sign him now?

      • ThatstheMelkyMesaWaysa

        Because everybody knows that the average RAB commenter is much wiser than any front office and should therefore have his/her opinions used to form teams instead of those of the people with the money.

  • Bertin Lefkovic

    I don’t think that signing Pierzynski would be a terrible signing if the Yankees could get him for 2 years and no more than $10MM/year. He saved my fantasy baseball season this year when Mike Napoli crapped out. Cervelli, Romine, Sanchez, or Stewart would all be fine platoonmates for him.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      He saved my fantasy baseball season this year when Mike Napoli crapped out.

      Correct me if I’ve misunderstood you.

      You think Cashman should construct his team based on your fantasy team’s results?

      Wow! I would comment further, but I’m pretty sure it would violate RABs guidelines for civility.

    • Jonathan

      Why on earth would they give an older, worse player/person $20MM when they wouldn’t give Martin $17MM total?

      • Laz

        Because he would help people’s fantasy teams. Think of all the RBI’s he could get. ////

      • David

        Because he’s not worse.

    • DC

      I take back what I said last week. THIS proposal and rational makes me want to run with scissors.

  • RetroRob

    I think there is that paper-width chance that exists between 0 and 1 that Cashman signs Pierzynski. He’ll direct resources to upgrade elsewhere.

    Too bad Romine was injured last year. A season in AAA and a late-season callup would have helped answer multiple questions about him, from can he hit or can he even catch on a MLB level. The reviews were that he was certainly better than Montero (low bar), but there were questions on his ability to handle velocity and difficult breaking balls out of the strikezone. I mean catching, not hitting.

  • Karloff

    As someone whose lived through the rotating catcher door of the post Munson years till Giardi/Posada I’m just fine with Romine and crew. Doesn’t anyone remember Matt Nokes!

  • Jim Cavanaugh

    Pierzynski is PERFECT for the Yankees. There is no way he’s a 5 yr contract or something ridiculous; You get him for 2 years he’s a seasoned vet and a sparkplug, which is exactly what the team needs. If they get one more smiling, waving and kid hugging player i am going to yack. C’mon already, get at least one ball player with guts. In 2 yrs either Sanchez will be ready or Romine would have progressed enough so Pierzynski isn’t a long term concern. Unless Cashman has a great deal lined up we don’t know about … there isn’t a close alternative to AJ available. My hunch is they will go with some chump cause the team is hell bent on 189 million while the fans still have to spend the same (or more) amount to go to games.

  • ABS

    What does “jerk” have to do with anything? He has a reputation for rubbing opponents the wrong way, who cares? Most of these guys are jerks let’s not kid ourselves. He SHOULD be a perfect target for the Yanks – vet who might take a one year deal and Clearly superior to Martin offensively even if he has a major regression – this guy is no fluke, look at his career numbers, he’s good. Stop this silly jerk thing, like any of you know him, and objectively, for the plan, he is by far the best free agent option, and its not close.

    • Jim Cavanaugh

      Exactly. Where did all our swell, media friendly, gentlemanly Yankees get us fans last year ?

      • JAG

        The ALCS.

  • endlessjose

    I think Geovany Soto will be a good low risk high rweard player.He’s as good as Martin defensively and working with pitchers.Also Martin isn’t as great of a hitter.

    • Knoxvillain

      Soto is a low risk-no reward player. He sucks balls.

  • Sg

    Unless they can trade for Carlos Santana the only catcher available that makes sense for the team is Miguel olivo…decent defensively and right handed bat to break up the lefties in the bottom of the order. He still sucks but he fits our crappy roster as it currently stands