It looks like Brian Cashman either wasn’t bluffing or he simply missed out on yet another free agent as the last decent catcher on the free agent market, A.J. Pierzynski, agreed to a one-year deal with the Texas Rangers, according to Jim Bowden of ESPN.
The Yankees need a catcher and are looking to sign one-year deals so this looked like an inevitable match up, but it won’t be happening now. Apparently Ichiro Suzuki is the only one worthy of a multi-year deal with the Yankees this offseason. With plenty of other outfielders available and no other catchers it really leaves you scratching your head.
The Yankees said all along that they didn’t like Pierzynski’s defense, but the only even halfway decent hitter out of that group is Cervelli and he is even worse defensively than Pierzynski. If they are so worried about defense then it is hard to see them going with Cervelli too so get ready either for the injury prone, rookie Romine or the no-hit Stewart to be the Yankees Opening Day starter.