During the offseason, the Boston Red Sox decided to let catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia head to the Miami Marlins, and in return the Red Sox signed A.J. Pierzynski to be the man behind the plate. The Red Sox and Pierzynski agreed to a one-year, $8.25 million contract, but the deal has yet to pay dividends.
Pierzynski is batting a mediocre .254/.286/.348 with the team in 72 games. Boston is currently sitting in last place in the American League East and is certainly looking to make a few moves before the July 31 trade deadline. Pierzynski is one of many prime candidates on the Red Sox to get traded as he could appeal to contenders.
Moving him would be a smart move for GM Ben Cherington. Pierzynski has not played well, and with the recent youth movement Boston has created with the call ups of Jackie Bradley, Jr., Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts and Brock Holt, giving top catching prospect Christian Vazquez a chance seems like an ideal possibility for a team wanting to stay young and hopeful for the future.
The 37-year-old Pierzynski could be at his last go-around, and a team in need of some veteran assistance like the Oakland Athletics or Detroit Tigers could use someone like Pierzynski. The market is definitely not large and wide as it is for other trade candidates on the Red Sox, but surely Boston could swing some type of deal to get Vazquez up and leave Pierzynski behind.