A.J. Pierzynski DFA’d By Boston Red Sox; Vazquez Recalled
The Boston Red Sox have lost four in a row and are now 10 1/2 games out of first place with the season slipping away. The past few days have been swarmed with rumors of Jake Peavy going to the Cardinals, but now Boston has made another move.
The Red Sox have designated catcher A.J. Pierzynski for assignment. The former Twin, White Sox, Giant and Ranger had been playing the entire first half with Boston as the starting catcher. The 37 year old was hitting .254 with an OBP of .286 in 72 games. His WAR is a -0.1
To replace him on the roster is Triple A catching prospect Christian Vazquez. Vazquez has played 66 games with Pawtucket this season and is hitting .279 with an OBP of .336. He has three home runs and twenty RBIs. His current caught stealing percentage is 40% and he has been regarded as one of the best defensive catchers in the minor leagues.
The Red Sox still owe Pierzynski $3.6 million after signing him to a one year deal in the off season. If he passes through waivers the Red Sox can release, trade or send him to the minor leagues since he is out of options. Manager John Farrell confirmed the move on WEEI radio this afternoon. Farrell stated they were going to go with their younger players “We’re turning the page in terms of investing in young players.”
John Farrell confirms on @WEEI that AJ Pierzynski has been designated for assignment. Christian Vazquez starts tonight.
— Alex Speier (@alexspeier) July 9, 2014
Expect more moves to come in the next few days with Mookie Betts, Brock Holt, Xander Bogaerts, Rubby De La Rosa, and Jackie Bradley Jr still in the majors. Garin Cecchini and Will Middlebrooks might be next, and when Peavy is moved, Brandon Workman will be back up.