MLB Free agency is just starting to get fun. While big names like Robinson Cano, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Shin-Soo Choo haven’t yet signed on the dotted line, other middle-tier talent is beginning to come off the board. And that pool shrunk by one today when A.J. Pierzynski signed on with the World Series Champion Boston Red Sox.
The deal is reportedly worth $8.25 million and will keep the lefty in Beantown for only one season. He will replace Jarrod Saltalamacchia who signed with the Miami Marlins just a few hours ago. “Salty” hit .273 last season over 121 games and set a career high in RBI with 65.
Pierzynski, who turns 37 later this month, is a nice gamble for Boston. While he didn’t replicate his numbers from 2012, 2013 was relatively productive for him. We are seeing a player that is in decline, however. His .722 OPS was the second lowest of his career when playing in at least 100 games and his defensive prowess has never wowed anyone. But he did have the 8th most homeruns among catchers last season to go along with a .433 slugging percentage (6th best among backstops). The key to the signing is that the Red Sox window to win is now. A.J. is a nice start, now we’ll see how much is left in John Henry’s pocket to add a few more pieces to the repeat effort.
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