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.
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.