A.J. Pierzynski's ten and five rights kicked in at 11pm CT last night, giving the White Sox catcher the ability to veto any trade. Mark Gonzales of The Chicago Tribune mentions that Pierzynski was happy for his family since he can now control his own destiny, though he indicated last week that he would still be open to a trade.
The 33-year-old Pierzynski is in the final year of his contract and is owed approximately $3.85MM for the remainder of this season. His offense has suffered in 2010, with his triple-slash line sitting at .236/.277/.372 in 204 plate appearances. Never a great thrower, Pierzynski's caught stealing rate sits at 28%, his highest mark since 2003.
Quality catchers are always in demand, and rumors of a Chicago sell-off have been circulating. The White Sox have already been gauging interest in their catcher, with the Rangers reportedly showing interest.
Here is our list of players whose ten and five rights kick in in the near future.