MLB Rumors: Red Sox show interest in A.J. Pierzynski

A major league source tells Rob Bradford of WEEI.com that the Boston Red Sox have expressed interest in free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski.

With Mike Napoli‘s and Jarrod Saltalamacchia‘s future with Boston is uncertain, the Red Sox are looking at other possibilities in trying to complement David Rossreports Bradford.

Pierzynski, who’ll turn 37 in December, batted a .272/.297/.425 line with 17 home runs and 70 RBI’s in 134 games with the Texas Rangers last season. The veteran owns a .283/.322/.428 batting line over 16 years in the majors with the Minnesota Twins, San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox and Texas Rangers. Pierzynski is durable behind the dish and could hit for power, although he doesn’t get a lot of walks.

Last year, A.J Pierzynski agreed on a one year deal worth $7.5 million with the Rangers.  MLBTradeRumors.com already predicted that he’ll sign a one-year, $6.5 million contract.

Other Options:

  • Concerning Brian McCann, he’s drawing interest from a lot teams and may be too expensive for Boston as they also have to give up a draft pick, reports Bradford.
  • Saltalamacchia is still an option while  Carlos Ruiz could be in the mix, according to Bradford.
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In 2013, Pierzynski had similar numbers to Saltamacchia, who posted a .273/.338/.466 with 14 home runs and 65 RBI’s in 121 games with Boston.

Three differences:

  • Pierzynski doesn’t strikeout as much as Saltalamacchia
  • Saltalamacchia walked more times than Pierzynski in 2013.
  • Age. Jarrod is eight years younger than A.J.
  • Handedness at the plate. It is a distinct advantage that Saltalamacchia is a switch hitter.

All depends on what are you seeking:

If you want a veteran with experience, you shall go with A.J. Pierzynski. Meanwhile, if you want a younger catcher for multiple years and for less than Brian McCann, Jarrod Satalamacchia is your pick.

In this case, signing Jarrod Satalamacchia on a multiyear deal would make sense since the 2015 free agency for catcher is weak. However, if you are willing to give a two-year deal to Pierzynki, it could give time to see what the 2016 free agency has in store.

Other?

Carlos Ruiz would be a good addition for the Red Sox on short term deal.

Ruiz, who was suspended the first 25-games of the 2013 season after testing positive for amphetamine, hit a .268/.320/.368 in 92 games with the Phillies. For his career, he has posted .274/.358/.412 batting line in 825 games. Let’s not forget his defensive, which would be a total upgrade over Saltalamacchia.