Blue Jays Not Close To Signing A.J. Pierzynski

9:10pm: The Blue Jays are not close to signing Pierzynski, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (on Twitter). The White Sox still appear to be in the mix for the catcher.

6:42pm: The Blue Jays are close to signing A.J. Pierzynski, according to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times. Even though John Buck signed with the Marlins and Miguel Olivo declined the team's offer of arbitration, the Blue Jays still have two capable catchers. Jose Molina will return in 2011 and J.P. Arencibia showed power in a late-season call-up and won Pacific Coast League MVP.

Pierzynski, 34 later this month, batted .270/.300/.388 with nine homers in 503 plate appearances this year. He is durable, having caught at least 128 games every season since 2001, but his offense slipped in 2010. He posted his lowest on base and slugging percentages since becoming a full-time player.

The Dodgers, Marlins and White Sox were among the teams interested in Pierzynski, who had a number of other potential suitors. Chicago did not offer the catcher arbitration, so he would not cost the Blue Jays a draft pick.


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176 Comments on "Blue Jays Not Close To Signing A.J. Pierzynski"


BlueJays45
4 years 8 months ago

You have got to be kidding me…you may as well trade JPA if your not gonna play the kid..

Dave_Gershman
4 years 8 months ago

I think AA is trying to create a catcher collection…

I don’t get it!!

4 years 8 months ago

Lets just hope this is to set up another trade and AJ spends about as long as Olivo did as a Blue Jay

slider32
4 years 8 months ago

This is the major leagues you are talking about here. I think Farrell wants a more experinced catcher too work with his pitchers.

BlueJays45
4 years 7 months ago

Molina? Not even if Molina plays a lot but the fact that he’s a great mentor. You really think they should just send him down to AAA all over again at 24? No way that doesn’t make sense. I understand what you mean, but we have a lot of great guys surrounding this staff as it is, Farrell, Papi, and Molina (instrumental in Morrows development if you ask me).

eviola1
4 years 8 months ago

JPA has not shown in any way that he is ready to take the full time job.

rzepczynski
4 years 8 months ago

AAA MVP? or 11 games in mlb hitting 140 trumps a season of MVP at AAA

jwredsox
4 years 8 months ago

He played in an extreme hitters league too

rzepczynski
4 years 8 months ago

AAA MVP? or 11 games in mlb hitting 140 trumps a season of MVP at AAA

Encarnacion's Parrot
4 years 8 months ago

Maybe that’s because he never got regular playing time?

Perhaps AA wants to have Pierzynski as the bullpen catcher. Also, is he related in any way to Rzepczynski?

BlueJays45
4 years 7 months ago

Sometimes I wonder why the Rogers Center doesn’t fill its seats, and it’s comments like this that make me realize…oh wait…us Canadians no nothing about baseball.
AAA: .301 32 HR 85 RBI in 104 G for a catcher
Not to mention every sports analyst alive has quoted his debut as the best baseball has ever seen. The kid barely played, he proved what he’s capable of. I had a nice chat with Cito Gaston and he told me JP has one of the most gifted bats he’s ever seen in a catcher so don’t even start with saying he hasn’t earned his shot.

Ferrariman
4 years 8 months ago

i guess it makes sense. Poor JP Arencibia..looks like he will never get a fair shake at things..even with Cito gone.

4 years 8 months ago

Let’s not freak out yet. Maybe Pierzynski will be the backup instead of Molina.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 8 months ago

Or a left handed platoon with Aaron Cibia.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 8 months ago

OR, J.P. Arencibia could be used as trade bait…B.J. Upton?

I look at this deal as a bad one, but he can call a good game…I guess

Ferrariman
4 years 8 months ago

doubt the rays trade Upton within the division for anything short of an overpay. I could see Arencibia going to perhaps the….dodgers? Trayvon Robinson for JPA maybe? Dodgers get a catcher, jays get an outfielder. everyones happy

Dave_Gershman
4 years 8 months ago

That trade makes 100% sense to me. Good thinking FM. Although The Jays might be able to get Dee Gordon for JPA. Gordon has equal trade value of Trayvon, simply because he regressed a great deal since his breakout campaign in ’09. I could see either player getable for AA.

JPA for Dee Gordon
JPA for Trayvon Robinson

Pick one.

Sniderlover
4 years 8 months ago

Why would we want Gordon? And why would we trade Arencibia?

Jays have had enough mediocre catchers for a while and I’d rather they actually develop a good catcher for once. They got Perez and D’Arnaud in the minors but they are still at least 2-3 years away and there is absolutely no reason to trade Arencibia unless he is in a package for a stud player.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 8 months ago

Why wouldn’t you want Gordon?

Sniderlover
4 years 8 months ago

We have Escobar with the big club and Hech in the minors who is maybe another year or so away like Gordon and I’d rather keep a big league ready catcher.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 8 months ago

My boy Adeiny isn’t completely a sure thing offensively, and Gordon is probably a 2B.

jwredsox
4 years 8 months ago

Gordon is overrated imo. He isn’t going to get any power probably and has show below average walk rates in the minors. I don’t think he is going to hit enough to stick in the bigs.

Ferrariman
4 years 8 months ago

he has enough speed to hit .200 with just his legs. Think Micheal Bourn type player, only in the middle infield(noe i didn’t say shortstop). His best asset is easily his speed, not his power/walk rates.

jwredsox
4 years 8 months ago

or he could be another willy taveras.

Ferrariman
4 years 8 months ago

haha true, but then again, any prospect could be a bust.

jwredsox
4 years 8 months ago

I just tend to be low on most speed first guys in the minors. It’s hard to find contact rates for them. But gordon has kept his K rate down which is good.

jwredsox
4 years 8 months ago

I just tend to be low on most speed first guys in the minors. It’s hard to find contact rates for them. But gordon has kept his K rate down which is good.

4 years 8 months ago

jays dont need anymore outfielders.

lazerball
4 years 8 months ago

They don’t need any more catchers either.

And yet here we are.

mp87
4 years 8 months ago

better mean justin…

Ferrariman
4 years 8 months ago

yeah your not getting Justin Upton for JP arencibia. maybe if Justin Upton broke both his feet and lost an eye.

mp87
4 years 8 months ago

part of a package obviously…no 1 prospect can get justin, but bj wouldnt make much sense for the jays collection in the outfield seeing as how the way he has played he wouldn’t be an upgrade

bluejayspwn
4 years 8 months ago

the signing could turn out well like the alez gonzales signing last summer

lazerball
4 years 8 months ago

Except he wasn’t blocking anyone.

bluejayspwn
4 years 8 months ago

true say, hopefully we can trade him at the deadline

4 years 8 months ago

the non tender deadline tonight??? 😀 i hope so too

4 years 8 months ago

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

Sniderlover
4 years 8 months ago

Oh my god… why?

PJaysW
4 years 8 months ago

Some Jays fan should have pointed out that Cowley is retarded and suggested the Jays be moved to Venezuela…

PJaysW
4 years 8 months ago

Some Jays fan should have pointed out that Cowley is retarded and suggested the Jays be moved to Venezuela…

jaysfan100
4 years 8 months ago

no no no no no play JPA

SmackSaw
4 years 8 months ago

Get Dunn…lose A.J.

Devern Hansack
4 years 8 months ago

This is a bad move. Arencibia is more than capable of starting for the Jays this year. However, this signing could mean that Arencibia will be used as a trade chip. Maybe the Jays will be in the Greinke sweepstakes…

Dave_Gershman
4 years 8 months ago

Or maybe the Diamondbacks see Miguel Montero as a 1B or JP as a 1B…JP, Snider, and Stewart for Upton?

4 years 8 months ago

That trade doesn’t actually fill a hole on the Jays’ roster.

4 years 8 months ago

I would hate that.

4 years 8 months ago

thats would be a horrid trade

shockey12
4 years 8 months ago

Unless Molina goes to AAA it looks like Arencibia could be traded before the season starts.

Isn’t Pierzynski a type A?

4 years 8 months ago

Doesn’t matter. He wasn’t offered Arb.

the_show
4 years 8 months ago

damn, I thought the White Sox might sign him on the cheap

4 years 8 months ago

I hate it, AJ is my sentimental favorite. Maybe instead of pursuing Olivo, we can make a play for Martin if he is non-tendered?

4 years 8 months ago

The only reason for the Blue Jays to do this is they don’t think JPA will be the future and think (Perez, D’Arnaud and Jiminez) out of the three is their future catcher. Also, the reason to have 2 good veteran catcher is the young pitcher’s will gain knowledge and strategies from the experience of 2 former big time catchers in Molina and AJ.

dizzle4
4 years 8 months ago

This makes absolutely no sense. Ugh. I can’t cheer for Pierzynski!

mp87
4 years 8 months ago

well maybe he will lead our team in HBP this season? he looked good that one game at getting “hit” by a pitch

dizzle4
4 years 8 months ago

No doubt he would lead in imaginary HBPs.

jt24
4 years 8 months ago

I dont know, jeter may put up a strong fight in that category

jt24
4 years 8 months ago

I dont know, jeter may put up a strong fight in that category

4 years 8 months ago

agreed.. he is a scumbag.. plays the game with total disrespect

Dave_Gershman
4 years 8 months ago

AA likes catchers…nuff said

jeffdg
4 years 8 months ago

Love it. You guys are all crazy. They receive 2 supplemental picks for the 2 catchers that moved on, and they get AJ, who is a lateral move from both Buck and Olivo (who are unlikely to repeat their seasons).

Love it.

All about acquiring assets.

I never once thought he was keeping Aaron Cibia and playing him this year. He will be in a package for a position player of need.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 8 months ago

A.J. is 10 times worse of a defender than Buck and is worse offensively even if Buck has a bad season. Same goes for Olivo. We’re all crazy? okay…

jb226
4 years 8 months ago

Why, because John Buck had a good year? Averaged over their careers:

Player A: .243/.301/.421, 2.57 runs below average defensively per year (-7 -> -0.6 is the low/high mark).
Player B: .284/.324/.424, 0.54 runs below average defensively per year (-3 -> +2).

I’m sure it doesn’t take a genius to figure out that A is Buck and B is Pierzynski.

Pretty much the only thing Buck has over Pierzynski at this point is age. He’s likely to have at least a few decent seasons left as a catcher while AJ may well be beginning his decline, but to claim AJ is “10 times worse of a defender” is absurd and “worse offensively even if Buck has a bad season” is much more up in the air than you think it is. And I say this as somebody who can not STAND AJ Pierzynski.

I don’t like the move because of its probable effects on JPA, but let’s not get carried away here.

Dave_Gershman
4 years 8 months ago

A.J. Last season:

Among qualified catchers

Worst OBP
Worst WAR
Worst BB%
Worst Runs created
Can’t hit a fastball

mboss
4 years 8 months ago

He had a bad year, but can’t hit a fastball??? Have you watched him over the last couple years…he can still get around on a fastball.

grownice
4 years 8 months ago

again judging one season.. FAIL

jb226
4 years 8 months ago

What’s your point? It’s still one season, just like Buck’s good year was just one season. If you want me to cherry-pick some statistics he also had the best K% and third highest batting average among the whopping seven qualified catchers which, by the way, does not include John Buck. (AJ is worse than Joe Mauer and Brian McCann? Say it ain’t so, FanGraphs!)If you don’t want to admit your statements about Pierzynski were gross exaggerations at best, well, that’s your business. I hate the guy, so I have no vested interest in arguing his merits.

jb226
4 years 8 months ago

What’s your point? It’s still one season, just like Buck’s good year was just one season. If you want me to cherry-pick some statistics he also had the best K% and third highest batting average among the whopping seven qualified catchers which, by the way, does not include John Buck. (AJ is worse than Joe Mauer and Brian McCann? Say it ain’t so, FanGraphs!)If you don’t want to admit your statements about Pierzynski were gross exaggerations at best, well, that’s your business. I hate the guy, so I have no vested interest in arguing his merits.

PJaysW
4 years 8 months ago

You sir, are wrong.

2UGGLA2BINTO
4 years 8 months ago

I think Mr.Cibia should be given a chance.

jeffdg
4 years 8 months ago

And im sure A.J.’s deal is short. Capable veteran who has had many “above average” years. And brings a little fire to the team as well.

Love it.

mrmoss
4 years 8 months ago

Weird signing….Whats next for the Jays – Manny ?

jt24
4 years 8 months ago

better yet, they will sign crawford and werth to “balance out the outfield”

Im kidding in case anybody takes this seriously

jt24
4 years 8 months ago

better yet, they will sign crawford and werth to “balance out the outfield”

Im kidding in case anybody takes this seriously

towelboy00
4 years 8 months ago

Not a bad move in my mind… AJ has a gritty, no nonsense demeanor, and he would give the jays clubhouse some personality. AJ should see a share of AB’s against righties, especially against the tough ones, and Farrell will probably give the rest of the AB’s to JPA. His track record has also shown that he has played for winning ball clubs and would be a great mentor to JPA.

Molina would obviously be sent down (as last season was a fluke hitting-wise)

4 years 8 months ago

he has one of the worst attitudes in the game, he is completely disrespectful and would cheat in a game of cards to beat his own grandmother… not the kind of veteran you want in a club house…

bluejaysfan1990
4 years 8 months ago

Maybe we DH him? He has a decent career BA, better than most of the current Jays hitters. This makes very little sense to me, I’d like to see JA start. Unless he gets used as a trade chip for someone big. Like Grienke or Upton.

4 years 8 months ago

You can’t possibly expect a guy with his stats to be a DH.

plain_g
4 years 8 months ago

nooooooo

rzepczynski
4 years 8 months ago

I like it JPA is not a good catcher if he wants to play let him earn it, split time with AJ work on his defence and play the hot hand, I hate Jp starting with molina backup thats not a playoff teams catchign scenario, He had one good offensive year in triple A and the organization thinks he has issues with his defense, i do not think he is a starting full time catcher right now

slider32
4 years 8 months ago

I agree he hit .143 in 11 games, hardly enogh track record to hand him the job.

rzepczynski
4 years 8 months ago

I agree I was using his 2010 mlb numbers as reasoning for my point…. O wait I never mentioned that… and those 11 games he faced like 7 top ten cy young pitchers, I am saying he had one good offensive year in AAA and the org does not seem to have confidence in his defence so why send him to the wolves why not ease him in while he works on his defence

4 years 8 months ago

How can JPA earn it if you never let him play full time? By dominating AAA? Oh wait, he already did.