White Sox Gauging Pierzynski’s Value

White Sox GM Ken Williams has called around attempting to gauge A.J. Pierzynski's trade value, according to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times. Cowley's source says that Williams "didn't like what he heard."

Pierzynski's possible future with the White Sox has been well-documented, with the backstop himself discussing the issue earlier this week. At the time, Williams said that he has yet to explore any possible trades involving Pierzynski, adding that the team wouldn't rush into any decisions involving the 33-year-old.

Pierzynski will achieve 10-and-5 rights in June, meaning he'd have the power to veto any trade that the club worked out involving him after that point. Cowley suggests that if the Sox continue to play sub-.500 ball over the next couple months, Pierzynski may not last that long in a Chicago uniform: "Why would Reinsdorf want to pay for a Pierzynski on a fifth-place team when he can have a cheaper Tyler Flowers?"


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38 Comments on "White Sox Gauging Pierzynski’s Value"


jwsox
5 years 4 months ago

at this point i would say trade him and get your self a mid level prospect. Flowers is an impact now type player and we could keep lucy as the back up, I like him more than castro. Or even trade for a mid level pitcher or one a PTBNL/ cash. Just get him and his salary out of chicago. Maybe package him along with a top prospect(obviously not flower or hudson considering those two will be on the 25 man sooner than later) and get you self something that you need.

there is one thing we can all know from this, once Kenny Williams starts calling about you and once the chicago rumors start flying about your name, you can bet your more than likely done.

bbxxj
5 years 4 months ago

AJ for Ortiz+midlevel spec?

jwsox
5 years 4 months ago

as in david ortiz? how would that help either team…david ortiz cant take steroids anymore so he cant hit and that does not at all help the whitesox and given he is making something like 20 mill it really does not help the white sox…AND AJ is even worse at throwing runners out than Vmart, at best he is right there with him so it does not help boston

CrisE
5 years 4 months ago

Poor AJ. It’s got to be hard to be talked about like this in a hard town like Chicago. He’d probably he happier someplace where he could keep a lower profile. I hear Boston might need a new catcher…

foxtown
5 years 4 months ago

He’s not going to help the basestealing situation there because can’t throw out any runners either.

jwsox
5 years 4 months ago

if AJ goes anywher I would be willing to put money on it being the NL Kenny is not stupid, he knows that just because AJ is bad now does not mean he wont get back to .300…..he wont let AJ hurt him

jwsox
5 years 4 months ago

AJ+Carlos+high Level Prospect (not flowers or hudson) for a power lefty or legit out fielder hopefully a lefty to play left and allow juan to Dh jones to play right and rios in center

I know it means giving up on carlos but if they could get a lefty in there who can provide as much power as carlos im down all the way

TwinsVet
5 years 4 months ago

A power lefty; you mean, someone like Thome?

5 years 4 months ago

That hurts deep Dang you Ozzie

TwinsVet
5 years 4 months ago

Not trying to throw salt in the wound – just still dumbfounded over NOT bringing back Thome. $2m could have had him, easily.

5 years 4 months ago

Then don’t throw Salt in the wound.

jwsox
5 years 4 months ago

but why pay 2 million for a part time player….I dont understand the thome love in this city he literally did nothing for the whitesox he was not on the 05 team he did not help us get any closer to a championship we didnt win and play off games because of him (not counting 163) but seriously it was time to move on the guy is on the down side of the career and he would not be helping all that much know all he can do it hit low fast balls and hanging breaking balls out thats it …plus with andru jones being here there is no place for him..and i meant an out fielder or a 1st basmen as a power lefty some one that can actually play a position….no one in chicago should be sad about thome he had his best years as an indian and philly….

the only thing whitesox fans should be sad about in terms of thome is that in the thome trade we almost landed ryan howard and not thome thats what they should be sad about….get over thome he did nothing for the whitesox

brian310
5 years 4 months ago

how bout carlos for hamilton? they both have been struggling this year and maybe a change of scenary would be good

jwsox
5 years 4 months ago

that would bea fantastic trade for both side basically exchanging one struggling power hitter for another and we need a lefty..although i dont know how chicago would treat hamilton given his past but I would love to see him in a sox uni….I dont know much about the Catching situation in texas but woulda carlos+AJ+prospect deal be able to land hamilton?

5 years 4 months ago

if the sox could get delcarmen and bowden for AJ, looks like I’ll begin dating jennifer aniston soon

jwsox
5 years 4 months ago

WONT HAPPEN AJ DOES NOTHING FOR THE BOSOX HE CANT THROW RUNNERS OUT THEY ALREADY HAVE AN OFFENSIVE MAINDED CATCHER THEY NEED A DEFENSIVE MINDED ONE

Guest
5 years 4 months ago

I bet if you posted it again, it would have more effect.

TwinsVet
5 years 4 months ago

Not trying to approach this from a Twins-fanboy perspective, but it seems like the Sox may just need to go into a rebuild. They quite literally don’t have a single bat in their lineup that intimidates an opposing pitcher. The talk about “But they have phenomenal pitching!” has come into the reality of “They have average pitching”, and decent pitching can’t score runs.

Unfortunately, the future looks worse before it looks better. With Konerko and AJ being prepared to play elsewhere (if not this year, next for sure), Buehrle and Peavy proving far, far short of a Johnson-Schilling combo, and nobody besides Beckham poised for an All-Star season this year or next, it’s hard to find a reason they should expect to compete next year either.

Williams’ passion for bringing in aged veterans is finally catching up to him.

5 years 4 months ago

We do have a phenomenal pitching they just haven’t showed it yet, but I will agree the offense is bad, horribly bad I think a tea ball offense is better then ours.

TwinsVet
5 years 4 months ago

Well, until they do show it, if they show it, they’re average.

As for the offense, Ozzy apparently wanted to shift to a faster, base-to-base style, instead of relying on big bats in the middle of the order. That might be well and good, but that’s a bigger shift than you can make in one off-season. And it’s not an adjustment you can make on a dime, nor expect to have a respectable offense immediately.

5 years 4 months ago

I know, I know but we’ll have to disagree about the pitching when all of them are on top of their game they are lights out, its early so I still have hope.

TwinsVet
5 years 4 months ago

They’re all capable of great stuff. But so are most MLB starting pitchers. And I think it’s certain that 1-2 of them will have a great year. But I just don’t see it as probable that they put up collectively great numbers, and rank amongst the AL’s best.

Anyhow, lots of baseball left.

5 years 4 months ago

Yes, I waited all year for the regular season to start and it has just not the way I thought it would but I will still enjoy it. :)

jwsox
5 years 4 months ago

the one mright side was the biggest question mark and that the bullpen we have the best bullpen in the league and peavy looked better last night he just didnt have controll of his slider his velocity is back and his pitchers are breaking like they should he was just over throwing this is a good sign and come on the rays are the best team in baseball right now there are pleanty of games left for us to cathc up on the twins just give it time for jon rauch to stop thinking he is joe nathan

rbeezy
5 years 4 months ago

I would say it is far from phenomenal , did you see peavy last night. He looks like he is hurt. 7 BB is not a good sign , even Dontelle hasn’t done 7 BB this year.

5 years 4 months ago

True but I’m going off his track record for now, I’m going to give him more then a few starts before I really make a judgement, plus I like him he’s a workhorse he will fix the problem.

melonis_rex
5 years 4 months ago

I don’t think the Sox need to go into a rebuild, not yet, at least. Peavy, Rios, Quentin, are in their primes, you have Danks, Floyd, Thornton, and Beckham flanking them, and you have Flowers and Hudson who could possibly contribute in MLB this year.

Small sample size says the pitching staff will be, at the minimum, above average, at least from spots 1-4. The Sox will probably need to replace Garcia, but that can be a waiver trade in August or just calling up Dan Hudson.

I see the Sox being contenders in that division as simple:
1- Release Mark Kotsay
2- Trade for a power-hitting 1B/DH. Adam Dunn when he rebounds and is available, or trade the farm for Adrian Gonzalez, if he’s available. You also have position flexibility IF Jones continues his hot streak, to move Jones to either LF or keep him at DH.

Someone like Dunn makes more sense because then there’s the option of sacrificing on defense, taking Pierre out of the lineup, and playing Dunn in LF and Flowers/Konerko at DH, with AJ at catcher.

danks50
5 years 4 months ago

“They’re all capable of great stuff. But so are most MLB starting pitchers.”

Yea whatever.

Truth be told this staff is unperforming and Peavy needs to find his control and get his breaking ball over the plate because he can’t just continue to get one pitch over the plate in the AL. As for the White Sox this team was 2nd in the AL in ERA last year and 1st in quality starts. They subtracted the awful Jose Contreras and added Peavy. It would be logical to use more than a 3 week sample size before saying their incapable of ranking among the best.

Twins45
5 years 4 months ago

You need to try a quick rebuild. Trade Quentin and whatever else it takes for Adrian Gonzalez. Sign Carl Crawford in the offseason. Trade Konerko, Burhele, AJ, etc. for other pieces.

Ramirez
Crawford
Gonzalez
Beckham

That top 4 is really nice.

jwsox
5 years 4 months ago

if the sox were to do that it would be awesome. And i think the whitesox could very well be in play for crawford this winter considering that Kenny has had a huge crush on two players for year crawford and Chone figgens. Given we lost chone becuase of cost I wonder if Kenny could convince Jerry to out bid the yankees. Although The main reason we didnt truly go after Chone was becuase Kenny didnt feel comfortable giving all that money over what 4 yrs to a guy already in his mid 30’s and it makes sense….I agree we should trade carlos but only if Jones Keeps hitting like he is.

trade carlos + some top prospects for gonzo(but he is only going if they go back to the norma padres and are bad again) then sign Crawford….He would be the lead off and thehave him play left, rios in center jones in right swaping around with pierre…

line up
crawford-gordon-gonzo-jones-rios- alexi- teahan- flowers- juan.. thats a pretty good well balanced line up but i doubt it happens the yankees will simply out bid everyone for crawford..

I would say the sox should try to get BJ upton

Yankees420
5 years 4 months ago

The Padre’s wouldn’t have much use for Quentin because he’s going to get too expensive too fast through the arbitration system, if the White Sox wanted to trade for Gonzalez they’d have to give up cheap players with lots of control years left.

jwsox
5 years 4 months ago

the whitesox could also make a move at Vmart in the off season to be their firstbasemen if the bosox dont lock him up…I would love to see kenny go to jerry and say…hey jerry unlock the vault and let me spend this year …sign crawford, cliff lee(trading away buehrle or hudson for prospects)trade for gonzo(lock him up)

jwsox
5 years 4 months ago

heck this off seaosn just go after albert or prince. hahah not going to happen

ALTHOUGH i would not be surprised if the brew crew was out of it come the dead line…Prince very well could be had…in that case trade hudson+2-3 top prospects

Yankees420
5 years 4 months ago

Prince’s contract may only run through the 2010 season, but he is still under team control for another year after that.

jwsox
5 years 4 months ago

It seems like ortiz got caught using steroids and suddenly cant hit anymore….weird…..Who would have thought that once a guy stops using steroids after using them probably his entire career suddenly cant hit…Does it srike you as odd then when on the twins he realy didnt do anything at all then suddenly moves to the Bosox and becomes this monster?

Yankees420
5 years 4 months ago

“AJ isn’t that bad a defensive catcher as everyone makes him out to be.Don’t throw stats at me.”

Yes, let’s not actually use anything to back up arguments that we make, stats are obviously useless and pointless.

Yankees420
5 years 4 months ago

Jorge Posada has a career .992 fielding percentage and has also caught many great pitchers, that doesn’t mean that he is a good defensive catcher, A.J.’s value is in his bat and his bat will be why someone would trade for him, not because of his defense.

Yankees420
5 years 4 months ago

Jorge Posada has a career .992 fielding percentage and has also caught many great pitchers, that doesn’t mean that he is a good defensive catcher, A.J.’s value is in his bat and his bat will be why someone would trade for him, not because of his defense.