ATLANTA — Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez’s trip to Honeybaked Ham led to the revelation that his club and A.J. Pierzynski possess agreed to a one-year deal. This club has not confirmed anything.
While waiting to pick up his pork for the holiday season on Saturday, Gonzalez was telling his daughter that Pierzynski was an option to fill the Braves’ need for a new backup catcher. The father of Aaron Lunsford, the drummer for a rock band branded ‘As Cities Burn,’ overheard what is this great and informed his boy, who tweeted the information from their @darrenstains account.
An industry source in the future confirmed that the two functions have agreed to the regards to a one-year deal. The words were not revealed and the package is pending a physical that may likely not take place right up until early January. So, the actual Braves will likely wait at least one more week before confirming effectiveness of this deal.
Pierzynski has proven to become polarizing figure throughout his 17-season Key League career. He did not prove to be a good fit in the actual Red Sox clubhouse this past period, but after he was published by Boston on Come early july 16, he signed together with St. Louis and seemed to find a lot more friends within the Cardinals’ club house.
Pierzynski’s sometimes brash nature can be beneficial, as he is now tasked with serving as a mentor to Christian Bethancourt, the talented Braves prospect whoever effort level has been wondered throughout his professional career. Bethancourt is projected to serve as Atlanta’s primary catcher throughout the 2015 season.
While the Braves view Pierzynski as a prospective clubhouse leader, he might also provide some on-field production. The 37-year-old catcher batted .251 with five homers and a .625 Operations while combining for 362 platter appearances with the Red Sox along with Cardinals in 2014.
If Pierzynski passes his bodily and the deal is completed, the particular Braves will need to create a 40-man roster position for the veteran catcher. They have not long ago gauged other club’s desire for left-handed reliever Luis Avilan, and they have not eliminated the possibility of trading Evan Gattis, their ex- starting catcher who is currently scheduled to serve as the starting eventually left fielder.