Atlanta Braves to sign A.J. Pierzynski


As the rest of us prepare for Christmas and (hopefully) get some much-needed rest and relaxation, the Atlanta Braves front office remains hard at work, with A.J. Pierzynski being signed to a one-year deal today according to’s Mark Bowman:

Pierzynski is coming off of the worst offensive season of his career with 405 plate appearances between the Boston Red Sox and the St. Louis Cardinals. He hit .251/.288/.337 last season compared to a career .281/.320/.424 triple slash.

Thanks to those numbers and the contract details, it’s safe to say that Pierzynski has reached the point in his career where he is clearly a back-up. Pierzynski has long been a solid back stop in the big leagues, and while his production certainly isn’t what it once was he should be perfectly fine as a back up.

According to Jon Heyman, with CBS Sports, Pierzynski could earn up to $2 million dollars for this contract:

While Pierzynski is certainly no David Ross, this deal seems perfectly fair to both sides and Pierzynski should do fine in the role he’s going to be in.