Pierzynski Open To A Trade

A.J. Pierzynski told Scott Merkin of MLB.com that he's open to a trade, though he'd prefer to see the White Sox start winning so he isn't tempted to go anywhere. The 33-year-old catcher, who will have no-trade rights after he sees his ten and five rights kick in June 14th, would consider leaving Chicago.

"Obviously, if the White Sox aren't where we want to be and a team has a chance for the playoffs and to win the World Series and they come and say, 'Hey, we need a catcher,' it would be hard to say no to that,"
 Pierzynski said.

Pierzynski repeated his desire to stay in Chicago, where he has played since 2005, but pointed to Jim Thome, who played in the postseason with the Dodgers after leaving the White Sox in a summer 2009 trade. The chance to play playoff baseball would make it hard for Pierzynski to say no to a deal.

Ken Rosenthal reported this weekend that Pierzynski would probably approve a trade. The White Sox have since become sellers and could match up with clubs that need help behind the plate.

The Brewers lost Gregg Zaun, though they may be reluctant to take on the $4MM remaining on Pierzynski's $6.25MM salary in a season when they're well below .500. The Brewers will consider options, but GM Doug Melvin says a deal for Pierzynski is unlikely. The Rangers reportedly asked about Pierzynski last month and while they don't seem likely to add much salary, they could use catching help.

11 Responses to Pierzynski Open To A Trade Leave a Reply

  1. bucco_nation 5 years ago

    what playoffs are the brewers goin to?

    the same ones the bucs and asstros are. lol.

  2. Sixto_Lezcano 5 years ago

    Can people PLEASE stop linking Pierzynski to the Brewers? Not only are the Brewers likely sellers at this point, but Kottaras has been one of the best offensive catchers in the majors so far this season and Lucroy, the Brewers-catcher-of-the-future, is on the team as well.

    • LSekhmet 5 years ago

      Pierzynski would be a good addition for the Brewers, mostly because in addition to being able to hit decently, he is a good defensive catcher who knows how to block the plate. Kotteras is a good hitter but is a very poor defensive catcher who should’ve been given a passed ball last evening and wasn’t (Manny Parra got an undeserved “wild pitch” instead, when replays showed that Kotteras clearly missed the ball, a very catchable one, I might add). Kotteras also threw a ball into center field on Sunday night, which is yet another reason he should be on the bench or be playing no more than two games a week unless he has another position to play. (The main problem with the Brewers this year is that six of eight of the position players would be far better as designated hitters. Pity that Selig made the Brewers move from the AL a few years back, so maybe we’d only have five guys who’d do better as a DH who must play the field instead instead of all six.)

  3. lefty58 5 years ago

    I can’t imagine why any team serious about contending would want A.J..
    On the defensive side it would be hard to find a catcher worse than him. No arm, doesn’t handle the ball well and has old slow feet. The guy is at best a backup at this point in his career.

    • LSekhmet 5 years ago

      Still better than what the Brewers have. Lucroy is too young and needs more time in the minors. Kotteras is a very poor defensive catcher in all respects.

      • Sixto_Lezcano 5 years ago

        As soon as you learn how to spell Kottaras’ name I’ll take what you have to say seriously. Pierzynski makes absolutely no sense for the Crew.

  4. redsox4120 5 years ago

    Possible suitors?

  5. you gotta give up the likes of francisco liriano and joe nathan just to be in the ballpark of acquiring AJ.

    -vomiting giants fan

    • Ricky Bones 5 years ago

      Classic & misplaced hindsight. Nathan was a middling starter w/ no track record for success who was sold on a high. Liriano had the same injury issues he maintains to this day & had yet to fulfill any of his potential. Pierzynski filled an area of need as the Giants made a push for the playoffs falling only 2 games shy.

    • whitesoxfan424 5 years ago

      Don’t forget the Boof!

  6. AshleeMarie 5 years ago

    This makes me sick.

    1) AJ is Amazing.
    2) He has consistently hit around .300 the past few years.
    3) He knows the game.
    4) Any team would be lucky to have him.


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