Rumor: Yankees made no offers to A.J. Pierzynski


The Yankees are looking for a catcher and are only looking to give out one-year deals, but they still didn’t have enough interest in A.J. Pierzynski to even make him an offer before he signed with the Texas Rangers, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

Heyman added that the Yankees current plan is to go with some form of Francisco Cervelli, Chris Stewart, and Austin Romine as their catchers next season.

The Yankees did have some interest in Pierzynski, but they were apparently scarred off by his defense. While Stewart and Romine are no doubt better fielders than Pierzynski, Stewart is a significantly worse hitter and Romine, as a rookie, probably cannot contribute the intangible qualities that Pierzynski can like handling the New York media, calling a game, and dealing with a veteran pitching staff.

Then there is Cervelli who is a worse defender and offensive player than Pierzynski so I’m not sure why he would be an option over him. The one saving grace that Cervelli does bring in comparison is that he’s got a more patient bat. Pierzynski does trump him in hitting for both average and power though so that’s a weak explanation at best.

It seems that at least on a one-year deal Pierzynski was a good fit for the Yankees. They obviously feel otherwise. Hopefully it does not come back to bite them in the ass.

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15 Responses to Rumor: Yankees made no offers to A.J. Pierzynski

  1. Tanned Tom says:

    Hate Pierzynski so I'm not unhappy he's not a Yankee, but what is of concern is the general lack of direction. Cervelli, Stewart and Romine? Really? Hardly seems like the workings of a competent organization.
    Not moving Jeter to 3B and signing Youkilis? A real lack of vision.
    Not re-signing Swisher at age 31 because he wants 4 years, but signing Suzuki for 2 years at age 39? Am I the only one who is puzzled by this?
    This team needed to get younger, cheaper, and more athletic. Cheaper yes, but not younger, not more athletic, and not better – maybe not even as good.
    If this is about 2014 (the Yankee version of the Mayan end of times) then why not trade Granderson now, since it really doesn't make sense to keep him? Odd goings on indeed.

  2. Paul B. says:

    The way the Yanks have handled the last 2 off seasons is very different to how they handled things in the past.
    The lack of aggresiveness to sign top tear free agents. The idea of beign quiet and not makeing alot of noise at
    the winter meetings. I would never consider it a good idea to see how the market plays out. Beacuse by the time u make any moves it's too late. If the Yankees fail to make the playoffs in 13'. Then it might be time to replace Brian Cashman with a more aggresive and less paitent GM. Which in today world of Baseball, would be a good thing to have.

  3. Tanned Tom says:

    I'm no fan of Cashman (Nick Johnson anyone?), but I'd prefer to switch owners before GMs. Always remember the reason they are so over the luxury cap is A-Rod's contract. A sensible contract would have been 5 years for $125 mil. , and would have expired this off season. Hank forever wears the dunce cap for that one. One stupid move will hamstrings the club for years. I wonder how it feels to be regarded as the biggest fool in baseball.

  4. Joe Monte says:

    Hard to reply to the idiocies that have been written, but sitting here and not saying anything is worse. Read and learn, Yankees have a plan, not your plan but a plan. Get under the salary cap (luxury tax) that would cost them enormous financial loss and surly keep them from future signings. Once they reach the $189 mil cap, it frees up the ability to sign more high end players. In addition, not only will some of the long term signings, Alex, Jeter, etc salaries drop, players that are on one and two year contracts will expire. Look ahead, there are a lot of good players that will be coming available, Verlander, Kershaw, Hernandez, Price, McChutchen, J Upton, C Santana, list goes on. Move past the short term and see a future. I know, your attention span is less them 15 minutes, so lets recap. Save now spend later. Yankees still need to put a product on the field, so they pieced together a team, don't panic, one year loss is many years gained. Last I checked all the stupid decisions management/owners made and we still won 95 games. Look it can always be worse, we can hire Bobby Valentine and sign Mike Napoli. Go Yanks!

    • Rick Krasny says:

      Joe – thanks for the comments – the idiots above you must be about 12-years old – combined

      Have a Merry Christmas

      • If you disagree with what somebody said you should be able to explain why their ideas are bad ones without resorting to name calling.

      • Tanned Tom says:

        While I will admit to my fair share of idiocies, I stand by my sense that this organization is flat footed at present. Going with Stewart, Cervelli and Romine at catcher is not much of a plan, more like the lack of one. As for the salary cap, surely (note my correct spelling of that word) you are aware that is old news. This may not be fangraphs, but the news of the world does reach down our rabbit holes. But does it reach down yours? If you think Verlander, Kershaw, et al are going to reach free agency you haven't been paying much attention. Top tier players without issues don't get to the market much anymore, they are extended by their teams. As for the 95 games won last year, that was last year. It is of no help for 2013. With A-Rod out with an injury, Jeter old, immobile and coming off an ankle surgery, and Swisher and Martin gone there is no way this team is as good as last year's.

        • Tanned Tom says:

          Now I agree that having a down year as a way to reach the 2014 payroll target is not a catastrophe, but in that case we should be seeing a flood of younger players, in the hopes one or more will prove to be MLB ready. Re-signing 39 year old Suzuki and adding Youkilis hardly is much more than first aid.
          Finally, I care not if you wish to insult other posters (though I appreciate Rob trying to police the unruly mob) but at least offer superior wisdom of your own, not redundant and out of date platitudes. Now my 15 minute attention span is evaporating, so I'll move on before my mom shuts off my computer 🙂

    • You could have said that maybe 5 or 10 years ago, but these days the truly elite players aren't hitting the free agent market and are instead getting locked up for long term deals. Out of the names you listed: Verlander, Kershaw, Hernandez, Price, McCutchen, Upton, Santana my guess is that at least half of them are never available to the Yankees.

      Just look at this offseason. It was supposed to be one of the best offseasons for pitching in recent history with Matt Cain supposedly leading the class. Instead everybody got locked up and it ended up being only Greinke.

      Banking on free agents that may or may not be available down the road is just not a smart move in MLB anymore. Teams are rich from TV money these days. It's not like in the past when the Yankees could really flex their financial muscle.

      • Matt_DC says:

        I more or less agree with Joe M that the Yankees do have a plan. If they are not under the cap by 2014 they will spend a .50 cent tax for every dollar spent, to the likes of KC and the Rays, and that is no way to compete over the long haul. Thank you collective bargaining agreement. Anyway, by getting under the cap in 2014 they effectively hit the reset button for 2015 and would pay a much lower penalty moving forward.

        That said, Rob is totally right that the market is not the same. Verlander, Kershaw, et all will likely sign extensions before they ever hit the market. McCutchen and Price will be dealt and resigned before they ever get to the market, at an ungodly ransom (look at what the Rays got back for Shields). I think Josh Hamilton this year is a microcosm of the future of high level free agency. 30+ players with question marks will ask for 10 years, and maybe get 6 -7 years, extremely overpaid on the back end of the deal.

        The Yankees have to adjust to a new baseball market. They are going with an old player band-aid to 2015 approach. It might have worked -may yet work but I am skeptical- but the kids in the minors need to develop and /or stay off the DL. Hopefully 2013 will be better than 2012 to the Yankees farm system.

      • ldubinsky says:

        the Yankees don't need even half of them. Just one of Verlander, Kershaw, Hernandez will do just fine. … and by 2015, the Yankees might not really need any outfielders (but Stanton, via trade, would still be really nice) as their minor league teams should produce at least two good ones by then.

    • Gene Kinnaly says:

      and, so, if the Yankees are going to be putting an inferior product on the field, will they then lower their ticket prices, reduce the cost of parking, lower the price for souvenirs, food, etc?…… No?

  5. Margaret says:

    I hope they have some good young players in there farm system stop going for the names and if George was around today he would of had a fit with the way the team is going

  6. ldubinsky says:

    A.J. Pierzynski probably wasn't worth an offer and might not even be available to play more than 112 games.

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