Re: AJ Pierzynski agreed to deal with the Red Sox
posted at 12/3/2013 10:54 AM EST
In response to wintermeetings' comment:
Everything was right about doing this deal that I advocated, only on a one year cheap FA base cost basis (Appears that's the case and don't see how it wouldn't be)
Red Sox get the pick and part ways with hands of stone and a 30 to 40 million bill for a player who was little more than a backup catcher/1B/DH.
Salty was coming off a complete fluke season at the plate, a season that held little more than the rice paper "top ranked hitting catcher for 2013" gets from the casual baseball fan. 2 years was pushing it, but the draft pick and a likely 3 year contract market makes it a no brainer to sell high on Salty. One of the few good moves from the BBC of value wrecks from Red Sox past.
AJ as a "bad clubhouse" guy means as much as "good clubhouse guy". "Good clubhouse" media narrative comes after the fact. Injury results comes before "good clubhouse".
AJ is near the end, but he didn't play 2013 like he was a washed up veteran getting a fan popularity contract ceremonial goodbye tour for the 3rd or 4th time around.
AJ slugged over .700 OPS against LP and/or RP, and passed the durability for 2013 which reflects his career. Swings the bat enough for a good BA and HR per PA for the catcher position, but isn't a good OBP guy (Salty isn't either, despite his 2013 career high OBP). Defensively, AJ is not good defensively, but he's better than Salty and he doesn't require a big long term contract.
Brian McCann and about 80 million guaranteed, as if he's that much better than for the next years to come than what the alternative will produce and cost. Nuts!
AJ plus the draft pick, yep. Why on earth trade for Hanigan, when there was no way the Reds were going to pay Dempster or Peavy contract stand alone.
And why on earth do what another Board pet poster advocated, "just go ahead and sign Salty to a 4 year deal".
Ross and AJ for one year will get the Red Sox to the farm catching talent pool, and it puts them in the same position of being able to, as needed, play the CBA the only way it can be played, and that's buying low on the FA old veteran has to actually prove themselves year to year market.
NO pick. Salty was not given a QO.
I guess you could say that they SAVED losing a pick by not signing McCann.