Earlier today news broke that the Braves were considering a contract offer to David Ross. He is apparently not the only veteran that the team is considering as a mentor for Christian Bethancourt.
Enter A.J. Pierzynski – yes, you know him.
The Braves are looking for someone to pair up behind the plate with Bethncourt and the 37-year-old who split time between the Red Sox and Cardinals last season is another cheap option. Pierzynski hit just .251/.288/.337 in 362 plate appearances during the 2014 season but comes loaded with years of experience that extends into the postseason.
Pierzynski has no plans to walk away just yet even though he will be looking at a significant pay cut from the $8.25 million he collected in 2014.
“My kids want me to play and my wife wants me to play. It’s hard to walk away. Whether it is to come in and help a young guy out or come in and play every day.” Pierzynski said in an interview in October. “It is a tough opportunity to turn down. All my friends … say keep playing as long as you can. They all regret (it) once they walk away.”