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Report: A.J. Pierzynski is Ruben’s backup plan if Chooch falls through

Nov 12, 2013, 1:36 PM EDT

source:  ESPN’s Jayson Stark tweeted on Tuesday that if the Phillies fail to come to terms with Carlos Ruiz, their next option could be longtime White Sox and most recently Texas Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski.

His age of 36 would help him fit in with the current Phillies roster. He’ll be 37 when next season starts.

He appeared in 136 games last season and hit .272 with an OPS of .722 with 17 HRs and 70 RBIs. Many believe this rumor getting tossed out there is posturing on Amaro’s part in an attempt to get Chooch’s agent to come down on his current demands.

  1. docdeath20 - Nov 12, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    We never have enough Senior Citizens playing and making very large sums of lettuce way after their best days are way way way behind them.

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    • joe (required) - Nov 12, 2013 at 5:45 PM

      At first glance I thought I was looking at a clever “Senior Citizens Bank Park” quip.

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  2. Mark432 - Nov 12, 2013 at 1:48 PM

    God help us

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  3. hitnrun - Nov 12, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Well hell, Pierzynski used to be a very good baseball player, so if Byrd got 2/$16m, he should get at least 2/$19m or maybe even 3/$24m from Amaro, right?

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  4. Hiccup - Nov 12, 2013 at 2:26 PM

    The problem with giving Chooch what he wants will make him lazy unless he ends up on a contending team which is doubtful for the Phillies as long as Rubes is at the helm of this sinking stinking ship of shit.

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  5. Mick - Nov 12, 2013 at 3:28 PM

    This team only needs a one-two year stop-gap at the catcher position, so in my eyes, I’m not overly concerned who it is as much as it is for how long. Ruiz, Pierzynski, they all have their plus/minus sides and we’re merely waiting out to see how Joseph or Knapp develop in the next couple of years.

    Doll out the big money to the outfield… that’s where the biggest holes are. You can grab a decent #3 SP through free agency and let the young arms fill out the bullpen. It’s the righ-handed, big bats that can play a decent OF that this team is in need of.

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    • BenE. - Nov 12, 2013 at 4:53 PM

      Dole out the big money to the outfield…especially if you can give a 36 year old outfielder a $15.3 million pay raise.

      I do agree with your post though. I have nothing against signing Pierzynski if it’s a two year contract. By then, we should know what we have in Joseph and Knapp (unless Ruben trades one for Giancarlo Stanton and the other for David Price).

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  6. Beardy - Nov 12, 2013 at 3:40 PM

    So that whole “lets get younger so help the future of this team” and to actually try to HAVE a future for this franchise…

    that whole philosophy was just a bunch of words, huh?

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  7. Scott B - Nov 12, 2013 at 3:46 PM

    ha-ha this happens and after signing Byrd, we’re definitely going to over pay on Halladay for 3 years or something stupid.

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  8. Schmitty - Nov 12, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    It’s that time of the year again! CBS is saying that Pierzynski is talking to Minnesota about coming back. http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/writer/jon-heyman/24223934/twins-talking-to-aj-pierzynski-about-a-return-to-minnesota

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  9. Jason R. - Nov 13, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Agree with the thinking that in the year or two till Knapp/Joseph are ready, what does it really matter what they do? AJ seems like a fine backstop stopgap. There’s no salary cap and it won’t cost them any draft picks (yay protected picks!), unbunch your panties.

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