Dodgers interested in AJ Pierzynski
The Dodgers are suitors for free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski, reports Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. "People familiar with [the Dodgers'] situation suggested not to rule [Pierzynski] out as a possibility," writes Heyman, who notes that L.A. general manager Ned Colletti almost signed Pierzynski as a free agent two years ago before the catcher re-signed with the White Sox.
Pierzynski had new career highs in homers (27) and OPS (.827) in 2012, putting the veteran in good shape for a multiyear contract even though he turns 36 in December. While Pierzynski and the White Sox share some mutual interest in a new contract, it seems as if the two sides are ready to move on as Chicago has young catcher Tyler Flowers ready to take over behind the plate. That said, Pierzynski's departure also seemed imminent after the 2010 season before he re-upped with the White Sox.
If the Dodgers were to sign Pierzynski, it could make a trade candidate of current Los Angeles catcher A.J. Ellis, who had an impressive .270/.373/.414 slash line in 505 plate appearances last season. The likelier scenario is that Ellis becomes Pierzynski's backup, relegating incumbent backup Tim Federowicz back to the minors.
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