Rumor: Yankees in talks with A.J. Pierzynski

With Russell Martin on his way to Pittsburgh, the Yankees are now in talks with free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski, according to Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune.

Up to this point the Yankees have been cool on Pierzynski, but he makes sense for them. He’s not a defensive wizard, but he’s solid back there and he’s the next best option for them now that Martin has signed with the Pirates.

GM Brian Cashman said last week that the Yankees could go with one of the catchers already in the organization, but it seems unlikely ┬áthat they would actually go through with that plan since they demoted Francisco Cervelli last year and Chris Stewart obviously can’t hit enough. Austin Romine is out too considering the Yankees haven’t let a rookie catcher play even as many as 80 games behind the plate since Yogi Berra did it in 1946.

A trade is always possible, but there just aren’t a lot of teams with excess catching depth out there so the Yankees would likely get prospect raped. The Blue Jays are the one team, but there is no chance that they’ll deal with their division rivals.

That brings us back to Pierzynski. He’s 36-years-old so he can probably be talked into a one-year deal and he’s coming off one of the best years of his career where he hit .278/.326/.501. It probably wouldn’t be realistic to expect him to repeat that, but considering his defensive abilities, veteran savy, and average hitting line he should be a solid replacement for Martin.

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2 Responses to Rumor: Yankees in talks with A.J. Pierzynski

  1. Tanned tom says:

    Good gawd no! He's terrible defensively and one of the biggest jerks in the whole sport. His offense isn't all that, as his .326 OBP is really no more than high average. This would be a terrible signing, worse than Andruw Jones or Ibanez, and right up there with Nick Johnson (who could at least hit).

  2. bill says:

    He is best of what's out there despite age…he could get 1 year and like Irichio be energized playing in the Bronx