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Thursday, December 20, 2012

Rangers To Sign A.J. Pierzynski: MLB Rumors - MLBTradeRumors.com

The Rangers and A.J. Pierzynski have agreed to terms on a one-year deal, according to Jim Bowden of ESPN.com (via Twitter).  Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter) first reported that the two sides were closing in on a deal.

The Octagon client met with Rangers brass on Tuesday in Arlington and the club reportedly has done extensive homework on him.  Pierzynski would fill a major gap behind the plate for the Rangers, who lost Mike Napoli. The catcher posted a .278/.326/.501 batting line in 520 plate appearances with 27 home runs in 2012.  Pierzynski also appeared in 135 games, reaching the 100 games threshold for the 12th consecutive season.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 20, 2012 at 07:57 PM | 43 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Hello Rusty Kuntz, Goodbye Rusty Cars Posted: December 20, 2012 at 08:13 PM (#4329669)
So that only leaves Konerko from the 2005 team. I think he was already the longest-tenured Sock on that team other than Frank Thomas, who missed most of the year.

There four players (Konerko, Thornton, Danks, and Floyd) left from their last posteason appearance, in 2008.
   2. Davo Dozier Posted: December 20, 2012 at 08:14 PM (#4329672)
The question on everyone's mind: What does this mean for Eli Whiteside?!?!

Eli Whiteside’s offseason:

* Non-tendered by the Giants right after the World Series.

* Claimed by the Yankees on November 5th.

* Signs a 1-year, $625K deal with the Yankees on November 26th.

* DFAed by the Yankees on November 28th.

* Claimed by the Blue Jays on December 3rd.

* Waived by the Blue Jays on December 9th.

* Claimed by the Rangers on December 12th.
   3. chisoxcollector Posted: December 20, 2012 at 08:23 PM (#4329680)
There four players (Konerko, Thornton, Danks, and Floyd) left from their last posteason appearance, in 2008.


He wasn't here the whole time, but Dewayne Wise is back on the Sox.
   4. valuearbitrageur Posted: December 20, 2012 at 08:47 PM (#4329700)
The Rangers decided to improve their clubhouse and reconnect with their fans by letting Josh walk and bringing in AJ.
   5. Spivey Posted: December 20, 2012 at 09:13 PM (#4329716)
I love this deal for the Rangers. Fills their biggest hole, and their only one that really can't be filled in house.

I'm interested in potentially signing someone to play the OF and moving Cruz to DH, but otherwise I think the Rangers have done the financially responsible thing this offseason.
   6. Dan Posted: December 20, 2012 at 09:23 PM (#4329721)
Surprised the Yankees didn't sign him if he was available on a one year deal.
   7. asinwreck Posted: December 20, 2012 at 09:24 PM (#4329722)
Thanks for all the good memories, A.J., and for not sucking on that last contract as I feared you would when you signed it.
   8. Voros McCracken of Pinkus Posted: December 20, 2012 at 09:24 PM (#4329723)
I think they signed him just to wind up the Angels when they play.
   9. michaelplank has knowledgeable eyes Posted: December 20, 2012 at 09:32 PM (#4329730)
Wow, that 27 in the HR column looks like a real fluke, and the only thing pushing his offense over the hump last year. He'll be 36 in a few days.
   10. 'Spos Posted: December 20, 2012 at 09:33 PM (#4329731)
I was shocked at how articulate & good-natured he seems in interviews & on MLB in the post-season.

[I have no idea if these qualities correlate in any way with intelligence.]
   11. Arbitol Dijaler Posted: December 20, 2012 at 09:53 PM (#4329745)
Reputation as an annoyance, right? Remember when Michael Barrett punched him?
   12. Walt Davis Posted: December 20, 2012 at 09:55 PM (#4329747)
I love this deal for the Rangers. Fills their biggest hole, and their only one that really can't be filled in house.

Didn't they already re-sign Soto? Sad to see Soto reduced to AJ's backup (as in Soto was really something there for a while). Although if he hits anything like last year, AJ may get a decent amount of time at DH.

I remain confused by the Rangers and Napoli. I guess it makes some sense given they apparently did make a serious play for Hamilton and, moneywise, I could see not wanting Napoli at $13 M if you've also got Hamilton at $22 or whatever. But this looks like a pretty seriously depleted offense without Hamilton and Napoli. You'd think losing Young would be an upgrade but their bench still looks pretty horrific so that spot is still looking mighty weak. Beltre is now by far their best hitter and he's 34. I suppose it's still an offense that, other than DH, has no major holes in the starting lineup but they were only a 102 OPS+ last year and seem to have taken a step back.
   13. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: December 20, 2012 at 10:05 PM (#4329758)
Is he any better than Soto? I agree with Walt that their offense looks pretty weak, but maybe Olt will be good.
   14. Esoteric Posted: December 20, 2012 at 10:45 PM (#4329797)
I was shocked at how articulate & good-natured he seems in interviews & on MLB in the post-season.
I have long believed that Pierzynski's reputation as the "most hated player in baseball" is a carefully cultivated, quasi-pro wrestling "heel" act designed to get underneath opposing batters' skins. (Alternate, but somewhat complementary theory: he used to be a real as[][]shole, but mellowed out with age.) You just can't watch/hear the guy during interviews or TV appearances and fail to realize that he is, in fact, a rather intelligent guy.

I said this in an earlier thread, but I think I'm pretty much the only man on the planet who isn't a White Sox fan yet likes A.J. Pierzynski. At only 1 year, this seems like a damn good deal for Texas.
Reputation as an annoyance, right? Remember when Michael Barrett punched him?
Just to be clear, this is a point in A.J.'s favor, not against him.
   15. Sebastian Posted: December 20, 2012 at 11:00 PM (#4329811)
Remember when Michael Barrett punched him?


Yes. Fondly.
   16. valuearbitrageur Posted: December 20, 2012 at 11:08 PM (#4329817)
I could see not wanting Napoli at $13 M if you've also got Hamilton at $22 or whatever


Because trading Nap on a one year deal would have been so hard?
   17. 'Spos Posted: December 20, 2012 at 11:19 PM (#4329819)
Eso, the cultivated "heel" theory would certainly make sense if he's as smart as he seems.
   18. Walt Davis Posted: December 20, 2012 at 11:48 PM (#4329832)
but maybe Olt will be good.

I keep forgetting about that guy. Yeah, looks better with him in there if he hits like he's supposed to.

Because trading Nap on a one year deal would have been so hard?

I didn't mean (just) that I wasn't clear why they didn't make a qualifying offer but also why not try to re-sign him. He still looks like the near-perfect guy for this team -- good bat who can eat up C, 1B and DH PAs, all positions where they should have plenty of PAs to fill up. So I meant more I'm not clear why they didn't try to sign him for 3/$36 or whatever, extend him before he got to FA for that matter.

The chances they were going to get Napoli for 1/$13 I think were quite low. But, yes, I will never understand why they wouldn't take that gamble.
   19. McCoy Posted: December 21, 2012 at 12:05 AM (#4329842)
You just can't watch/hear the guy during interviews or TV appearances and fail to realize that he is, in fact, a rather intelligent guy.

You can't really be stupid and get under people's skin for this long.
   20. valuearbitrageur Posted: December 21, 2012 at 01:24 AM (#4329873)
The chances they were going to get Napoli for 1/$13 I think were quite low. But, yes, I will never understand why they wouldn't take that gamble.


The only thing that makes sense is if you can't trade.guys who accept qualifying offers, but I have never heard that. I considered whether they thought it might make re-signing him easier, ie a good faith gesture, but that doesn't make sense to me either. If they wanted him they had all the time in the world and the qualifying offer reduces his value to other suitors.
   21. Walt Davis Posted: December 21, 2012 at 04:38 AM (#4329897)
You can't really be stupid and get under people's skin for this long.

Alfonso Soriano is available.
   22. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: December 21, 2012 at 06:37 AM (#4329907)
Reputation as an annoyance, right? Remember when Michael Barrett punched him?


Remember when he kneed his own trainer in the groin on the field during a game, while the guy was trying to treat him?

AJ may or may not be smart, but he's still an ####### either way.
   23. Jose Can Still Seabiscuit Posted: December 21, 2012 at 09:42 AM (#4329941)
(Alternate, but somewhat complementary theory: he used to be a real as[][]shole, but mellowed out with age.)


I think this is probably the truth. He would hardly be the first guy to be a dink in his 20s who figured it out a bit.
   24. Matt Clement of Alexandria Posted: December 21, 2012 at 09:44 AM (#4329943)
And for obvious reasons, professional athletes tend to mature a little late.
   25. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 21, 2012 at 10:01 AM (#4329952)
I said this in an earlier thread, but I think I'm pretty much the only man on the planet who isn't a White Sox fan yet likes A.J. Pierzynski.

And, as I mentioned earlier, I like him too. Perennial favorite on my fantasy team.

Remember when he kneed his own trainer in the groin on the field during a game, while the guy was trying to treat him?

Well, in AJ's defense, the guy did ask the stupidest question in history.
   26. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 21, 2012 at 10:06 AM (#4329956)
And for obvious reasons, professional athletes tend to mature a little late.

Really? I think most guys in their 20s are every bit as immature as the athletes. They just don't have the $$ to fully indulge it.
   27. zack Posted: December 21, 2012 at 10:09 AM (#4329958)
Remember when Michael Barrett punched him?


Still one of my favorite baseball shots of all time. Although this one might be even better.
   28. Crosseyed and Painless Posted: December 21, 2012 at 10:38 AM (#4329981)
At least he's out of the Central. Too bad he didn't go to the NL.
   29. Nasty Nate Posted: December 21, 2012 at 11:06 AM (#4330017)
I didn't mean (just) that I wasn't clear why they didn't make a qualifying offer but also why not try to re-sign him. He still looks like the near-perfect guy for this team -- good bat who can eat up C, 1B and DH PAs, all positions where they should have plenty of PAs to fill up. So I meant more I'm not clear why they didn't try to sign him for 3/$36 or whatever, extend him before he got to FA for that matter.

The chances they were going to get Napoli for 1/$13 I think were quite low. But, yes, I will never understand why they wouldn't take that gamble.


This may be a little conspiracy theory-ish, but maybe they knew that there is some major physical problem with him. I only say this because the Sox have not completed the Napoli signing very mysteriously.
   30. Famous Original Joe C Posted: December 21, 2012 at 11:07 AM (#4330019)
Really? I think most guys in their 20s are every bit as immature as the athletes. They just don't have the $$ to fully indulge it.


I think it's somewhere in between. Spending your days in informal settings and locker rooms and the like is different from spending them in an office or a job where some modicum of decorum is expected. I agree the money is part of it as well, of course.
   31. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 21, 2012 at 11:09 AM (#4330026)
I think it's somewhere in between. Spending your days in informal settings and locker rooms and the like is different from spending them in an office or a job where some modicum of decorum is expected. I agree the money is part of it as well, of course.

Well, nowadays, how many 20-somethings actually have serious jobs? I know a huge number are still living with their parents.
   32. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: December 21, 2012 at 11:13 AM (#4330031)
* Signs a 1-year, $625K deal with the Yankees on November 26th.

* DFAed by the Yankees on November 28th
WTF?
   33. BDC Posted: December 21, 2012 at 11:18 AM (#4330037)
The chances they were going to get Napoli for 1/$13 I think were quite low. But, yes, I will never understand why they wouldn't take that gamble

If nothing else, they left a free draft pick just lying on the ground. Big deal, perhaps, but careless; it's like "we've proved ourselves too smart to do the little things."

The Rangers non-tendered Soto and then immediately re-signed him, for whatever contract-technicality reasons. Nothing wrong with having two veteran catchers who might be able to hit a little and can spell each other continually – aside from the expense, of course.

As to the overall offense, they seem to be working on the "pitching and defense" theory instead, and who knows? If everybody has a career year, their offense will be fine. 29 other teams can say that (well, maybe not Houston), but you hate to be in a position of wishful thinking.
   34. Bitter Mouse Posted: December 21, 2012 at 11:19 AM (#4330042)
I love AJ. I loved him when he was a Twin and I cheered for him. I love him as a not Twin and I get to boo him. Baseball is more fun when he is around. I too embrace the "professional heel" theory.
   35. The Good Face Posted: December 21, 2012 at 11:48 AM (#4330086)
This may be a little conspiracy theory-ish, but maybe they knew that there is some major physical problem with him. I only say this because the Sox have not completed the Napoli signing very mysteriously.


It's actually a pretty good explanation for why a FO that's generally been very smart and successful over the past few years apparently dropped the ball on the qualifying offer. Of course, it's just as possible they simply messed up. Even smart people who are good at their jobs have lapses.

As to the overall offense, they seem to be working on the "pitching and defense" theory instead, and who knows? If everybody has a career year, their offense will be fine. 29 other teams can say that (well, maybe not Houston), but you hate to be in a position of wishful thinking.


It looks like they wanted to add/retain more offense, but they just couldn't seem to make it happen. I don't think they need career years from everybody; they don't have any real offensive monsters, but with Pierzynski onboard, they don't have any massive black holes of suck slated to start either. Well, maybe at CF. Anyway, if one of Profar/Olt can make an offensive splash, they'll probably be OK.
   36. SG Posted: December 21, 2012 at 12:05 PM (#4330113)
* Signs a 1-year, $625K deal with the Yankees on November 26th.

* DFAed by the Yankees on November 28th
WTF?


Probably a non-guaranteed deal with a major/minor league split. He gets DFA'd and then they put him on waivers. If he doesn't get claimed they can outright him to AAA with the deal intact, if he gets claimed someone else picks up the tab.

They did the same thing with Jayson Nix. Signed him to a $900K contract and then DFA'd him, figuring he'd pass through waivers (he did) since no one else would want to pick up the commitment and he accepted the assignment to AAA with the assumption that he'll be competing for a 25 man roster spot this spring.
   37. tshipman Posted: December 21, 2012 at 12:31 PM (#4330155)
You can't really be stupid and get under people's skin for this long.


Counterpoint: Shea Hillenbrand.

AJ does sound somewhat thoughtful on the TeeVee. He's still an ####### and a fraud. I hope he gets foul tip'd every game next year, continuing my ongoing hope since 2004.
   38. SoSH U at work Posted: December 21, 2012 at 01:23 PM (#4330251)
I love A.J. (he's even better on the radio talking about the Sox than on the TV), and while some of his behavior may be manufactured, it's not entirely a device to get under opponents' skin. As Ozzie once said of him, "If you play against him, you hate him. If you play with him, you hate him a little less."
   39. RB in NYC (Now Semi-Retired from BBTF) Posted: December 21, 2012 at 01:53 PM (#4330306)
Isn't Dwyane Johnson supposed to have said that The Rock is just himself with the volume turned way up? Perhaps that's Pierzynski.
   40. Up2Drew Posted: December 21, 2012 at 04:44 PM (#4330489)
Really? I think most guys in their 20s are every bit as immature as the athletes. They just don't have the $$ to fully indulge it.

Not even close. Most guys in their 20s haven't been stroked every minute of their lives like athletes. To make this statement is to never have spent any time around high-level athletes.
   41. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: December 21, 2012 at 05:10 PM (#4330516)
(40) That certainly doesn't apply to baseball players. No one gives a crap about HS, college or minor league ball.

It's true for a small number of elite football and basketball talents.
   42. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: December 21, 2012 at 05:32 PM (#4330542)
Counterpoint: Shea Hillenbrand.


Same goes for Rex Hudler.
   43. Rear Admiral Piazza Posted: December 21, 2012 at 08:54 PM (#4330653)
He's not a good enough player to counter being such a tool. I'd have a hard time rooting for him.

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