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Friday, December 21, 2012

Rangers, A.J. Pierzynski agree on one-year, $7.5M deal

I’m surprised that he couldn’t get more years or money.

Mike Emeigh Posted: December 21, 2012 at 03:29 PM | 15 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: December 21, 2012 at 03:40 PM (#4330486)
I’m surprised that he couldn’t get more years or money.

He probably would have except that his personality is part of the deal.
   2. Dock Ellis Posted: December 21, 2012 at 03:45 PM (#4330492)
This has been an unpredictable offseason. For all of the money MLB is supposed to be drowning in, we've seen some relatively meager deals. I thought Youkilis would get a better offer than 1/12. Hamilton got "only" 125M. I thought for sure we'd see at least one batshlt crazy Jayson Werth-esque deal by now.
   3. Random Transaction Generator Posted: December 21, 2012 at 03:55 PM (#4330501)
It's weird how many $12m/yr or $13m/yr deals there were. Is there some sort of cap number or arbitration value that seemed to trigger that?
   4. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 21, 2012 at 03:57 PM (#4330502)
(3) The qualifying offer number?
   5. Walt Davis Posted: December 21, 2012 at 04:06 PM (#4330512)
For all of the money MLB is supposed to be drowning in, we've seen some relatively meager deals.

Surprises me too ... it means I was wrong! Well, the Greinke and Hamilton deals were both pretty out there, Sanchez did get his 5/$80 and we still have Swisher.

However, the new national TV money doesn't start flowing until 2014. I'd still have thought we'd see more big money deals, back-loaded a bit to wait for the TV money. Not that this was a good FA class (not that there will be any good FA class anytime soon). Maybe some of the 1-year deals are the player's preference, knowing there will be more money floating around next year.

And the Marlins and Astros being allowed to carry $20 M payrolls ain't helping.
   6. hee came hee seop'd he choi'd Posted: December 21, 2012 at 04:53 PM (#4330552)
I went to the 2013 mlb off-season and all I got was this stupid Pierzynski
   7. Zonk Tormundbane Posted: December 21, 2012 at 05:54 PM (#4330583)
Pierogi will be 36 next year -

Given that last year was probably his finest, I suppose it's safe to say he survived the early 30s disappearing act that often hits catchers - but one year really doesn't surprise me.
   8. AJMcCringleberry Posted: December 21, 2012 at 06:19 PM (#4330601)
I thought for sure we'd see at least one batshlt crazy Jayson Werth-esque deal by now.

Greinke doesn't count?
   9. madvillain Posted: December 21, 2012 at 06:37 PM (#4330616)
I'm shocked he couldn't get a 2 year deal. He's been one of the most reliable catchers in baseball for the last decade. That said, I'm glad the Sox didn't re-up him, time to roll with Flowers.

Would anyone be surprised if some agent throws around the collusion accusation (and it being accurate)? This off season has been quite tempered despite Baseball swimming in money.
   10. puck Posted: December 21, 2012 at 08:41 PM (#4330671)
He's been one of the most reliable catchers in baseball for the last decade.

He has been pretty consistent, but I thought he had done better. 2004-2011, 7.7 bWAR, OPS+ from 83 to 94. I was not aware of that.
   11. Bruce Markusen Posted: December 21, 2012 at 11:01 PM (#4330726)
Cashman drops the ball again this offseason. He didn't even make an offer to Pierzynski, apparently because he didn't like his defense. So how was it that he was willing to put up with Posada's atrocious defense toward the latter years of his career. AJ isn't as bad defensively as Posada was, and his bat is perfect for the Stadium.

Now the Yankees are going to parade a three-headed amalgalm of Stewart (who can't hit), Cervelli (who can't throw), and Romine (whos isn't ready) behind the plate and pretend that adds up to an acceptable catcher.
   12. charityslave is thinking about baseball Posted: December 22, 2012 at 12:56 AM (#4330786)
So how was it that he was willing to put up with Posada's atrocious defense toward the latter years of his career


The same way that he puts up with Jeter's defense. He is forced to by circumstance.
   13. The District Attorney Posted: December 22, 2012 at 01:11 AM (#4330792)
Yeah, unless AJ doesn't want to play for the Yanks, I don't get how they could let this happen. I would totally understand them not wanting a two-year contract, because of their concern with being over the salary cap at that time. But they should be able to overpay as they please on one-year contracts in order to fill holes -- and this wouldn't even be overpaying, at all.
   14. Karl from NY Posted: December 23, 2012 at 01:20 AM (#4331328)

Remember the Yankees are still paying the luxury tax in 2013. A $7.5M contract actually costs them $10.5M. So it's not a no-brainer bargain, and they couldn't get a deal as good as could the Rangers or most other teams.
   15. Barnaby Jones Posted: December 23, 2012 at 03:16 AM (#4331341)
I'm disappointed that the only poster I came to this thread looking for is nowhere to be found.

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