With the Chicago White Sox’ season over, it is time to evaluate the team. I will first talk about the free agents that the White Sox have on the roster. Then I will dive into the pitching staff and position players. First up is the catcher A.J. Pierzynski.
Pierzynski had a career year for the White Sox. He had a career-high 27 home runs and 77 RBI’s. His batting average was .278. Pierzynski also had what I consider his best year defensively behind the plate. He only allowed 76 stolen bases when he was catching and threw out 27 runners. While these numbers aren’t amazing for a starting catcher, for Pierzynski they are good. In 2011 he allowed 94 stolen bases and only threw out 24 runners.
Pierzynski is 36-years old and like I said coming off of a career year. The question is will the White Sox want to re-sign Pierzynski? It depends on if the coaching staff feels confident that Tyler Flowers can start every day. It also depends on how much Pierzynski is willing to sign for. There might be a market for free agent catchers, especially one that put up huge numbers like he did this year.
However, and this is going to shock people, but I think that the White Sox shouldn’t re-sign Pierzynski. If he is willing to play for $10-15 million then yes, re-sign him. If he is asking for more, don’t re-sign him. He will be 36 and doesn’t warrant anything more than $10-15 million.
Besides Flowers, the White Sox have a very talented catcher named Josh Phegley who is currently playing for the Charlotte Knights. Phegley was an All-Star and also won the Gold Glove. He is a strong defensive catcher with an offensive upside. He batted .266 this year for the Knights, and for two seasons he has batted .262 overall. Going into next year, the White Sox can start Flowers and have Phegley back him up so he can get some playing time.
I appreciate everything that Pierzynski has done for the White Sox. He was a key instrument in winning the World Series in 2005, but it is time to move on.
The White Sox have to start building for the future and Pierzynski shouldn’t be a part of that.