A.J. Pierzynski apparently isn’t closing the book on anything after being designated for assignment by the Boston Red Sox this week.
The Red Sox decided to part ways with Pierzynski before Wednesday’s game against the Chicago White Sox at Fenway Park, calling up catching prospect Christian Vazquez to take the 37-year-old’s place on the major league roster. It sounds like Pierzynski would like to continue his baseball career elsewhere, and it might simply be a matter of which team gives the veteran backstop an opportunity.
Pierzynski, a two-time All-Star, hit .254 with four home runs, 31 RBIs and a .286 on-base percentage in 72 games with Boston. Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington and manager John Farrell said the move was based on Pierzynski underachieving offensively and the club looking to gain a better look at some younger players amid their tumultuous 2014 campaign.
Pierzynski has played for five teams — the Red Sox, Minnesota Twins, San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox and Texas Rangers — over the course of his 17-year major league career.