It seemed as if yesterday the baseball gods wanted every player on the market to go, well at least from the catcher’s perspective.
A.J. Pierzynski inked a one-year deal with the Boston Red Sox worth about $8.25 million early on Tuesday morning. The former Texas Ranger hit .272 with 17 home runs and 70 RBI in 2013, and has been a consistent offensive and defensive weapon over the course of his career. His lowest career average was .257.
Later on Tuesday night, Jarrod Saltalamacchia signed a three-year contract with the Miami Marlins worth $21 million, or $7 million each season. Salty is a switch-hitting catcher who started to find an offensive home in Boston with a career year in 2013 with 40 doubles, 14 homers and 65 runs batted in with a .273 average.
The Pierzynski deal came out of nowhere for the Red Sox and it probably became more important because Saltalamacchia and the Red Sox could not come to terms on a three-year contract. Continue reading A.J. Pierzynski Deal Meant End of Jarrod Saltalamacchia in Boston »