Pierzynski and Texas are close to a deal

According to a tweet from Ken Rosenthal, the Texas Rangers are close to making a deal with A.J. Pierzynski.

Sources: Pierzynski, #Rangers closing in on one-year contract. Deal will be pending a physical, not yet done.

It’s not like the Yankees were ever really in on the “Pierzynski” sweepstakes but this news seems to lend some crendence to the “the Yankees are going to find their catcher from within the organization” items we have been hearing and reading about all Winter.

Of course, there is always a possibility that Brian Cashman has something up his sleeve and that he may pull off another trade simliar to the one he made last January when the Yankees acquired Michael Pineda and Jose Campos for Jesus Montero and Hector Noesi.

It’s still December so there is plenty of time for the Yankees to get something done but there is always a chance they take a gamble and go into Spring Training with guys like Francisco Cervelli, Chris Stewart and Austin Romine competing for the starting catcher job.

Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money, co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast and is a monthly contributor to ESPN's SweetSpot Blog. She is a former contributor at Aerys Sports and High Heat Stats. She has contributed to group projects at Baseball: Past And Present and the Hall of Stats. Her work has appeared in USA Today's Sports Weekly and most recently, she wrote four pieces for Derek Jeter: Celebrating the Yankees' Captain Clutch, a magazine printed by i5 Publishing.

9 thoughts on “Pierzynski and Texas are close to a deal

  1. David

    Especially if it's a 1y deal, I'm a bit confused as to *why* the Yankees wouldn't be in on this. Any thoughts?

  2. Dmitry Choklin

    What are the reports on Romaine, how bad is he? He can't be worse in 2013 than cervelli and st ewart can he? Scouting report. anyone?

  3. OldYanksFan

    How much is AJ getting?
    Yanks not looking for a Catcher who is shitty on D.

  4. Bill

    Gene Michael is extremely high on Austin Romine and Brian Cashman has always trusted Stick's opinion. From all indications, Romine is an outstanding defensive catcher and has gap power. Figure his offensive output to be similar to his manager back in the day. Which wasn't spectacular, but also wasn't an atrocity. So unless Romine fails miserably, he will go to camp with the upper hand on the starting catcher's job. However, as Stacey says, you never know what Cashman has up his sleeve, but it shouldn't surprise any of us if the catching tandem is Romine and either Stewart or Cervelli.

  5. mcmastro

    You know what, the more I think about it, the more I don't mind Romine starting. As long as they have an established backup behind him that is. If he has a good season, he could have a future at catcher or maybe be trade bait for next season. Same goes for Nunez. Both have the potential to bequality MLB starters and even if they don't end up on the team for the long haul they may very well be able to net the Yankees talent via trade if they show their true potential .

    • I'm with ya here. Why not let the kids see what they can do? I mean, tomorrow HAS to come sooner or later.

      • mcmastro

        Very true, it'll be interesting to see if guys like Mason Williams, Gary Sanchez, J.R Murphy, and other young rookies will ever get to wear Pinstripes for more the a September call-up. Just read a rumor that the Yankees may package Williams and Sanchez for Upton, which makes no sense to me unless Granderson is traded.

  6. JayJay

    I'm fine with Romine starting as long as we're making up for the slack in the lineup elsewhere. I'm not confident that's going to happen. I think Ichiro gave us a few good games late last season but was otherwise as awful as he'd been over the previous 2 seasons. Youkilis was a good move but the potential for a very bad year is there, as is the case with Jeter and Teixeira. I have no idea what to expect from Grandy other than 35 homers and a ton of K's.The margin for error for this lineup is very thin so if we go with Romine, we need a bat

  7. mscott

    A.J. rationale in four words:

    Old. Fluke. Defenseless. Prick.

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