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More on A.J. Pierzynski's Future with the Chicago White Sox

ANAHEIM, CA - MAY 25:  A.J. Pierzynski #12 of the Chicago White Sox takes batting practice prior to the game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium on May 25, 2009 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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Josh LevittSenior Analyst IFebruary 23, 2010

I mentioned yesterday the possibility of the White Sox signing A.J. Pierzynski to a one- or two-year deal to serve as a mentor/platoon partner for prospect Tyler Flowers.

Well, today, Pierzynski addressed that very question:

"General manager Ken Williams said on Sunday that the contract status of catcher A.J. Pierzynski is something that will be talked about in the very near future, and he stated that he wasn't sure how comfortable he would be in handing the reins of a veteran pitching staff to Tyler Flowers next season.

"Would Pierzynski—a free agent after 2010—be willing to do a short-term deal and help with the transition?

"'We'll cross that bridge when we come to it,' Pierzynski said. 'I haven't really thought about that, but we'll focus on it if it comes up.

"'My mind is on 2010, but if they came to me with something that was fair for both sides, I would definitely take a look at it.'"


Interesting. I'm sure this a story that will be monitored all year, but it will be fascinating to see how Pierzynski balances his desire to play in Chicago with the various opportunities he should get to start in 2011.

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