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.