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December 4, 2013

Transaction Analysis

A.J. Way

by Sam Miller


BOSTON RED SOX
Team Audit | Player Cards | Depth Chart

Agree to one-year, $8.25 million deal with C-L A.J. Pierzynski [12/3]

And here you thought A.J. Pierzynski’s weird everything-clicked 2012 season was a fluke. Why, he followed it up with a 2013 season that was his second-best of the past decade! It’s a genuine late-career breakout.

Well, actually not. It was second-best by the slimmest of margins, slotting perfectly into a career that, but for one bump, has been baseball’s most consistent. Since 2004, his season with the Giants, Pierzynski hasn’t had a single season with an OPS+ under 84, or (but for 2012) over 94. The contours have shifted a little bit--he hit 18 home runs, and eight; he hit .300, and .257; he struck out in 5 percent of his at-bats, and 15 percent--but he’s been settled business. He hits a lot of groundballs, though he’s hit more fly balls over the past two years. He never walks--only eight American Leaguers drew a higher percentage of their total walks intentionally than he did; he was intentionally walked twice. His defense isn’t great and he's not much of a framer. And he’s got a reputation:

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