Aug 3, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski (15) watches his game tying two run home run along with San Francisco Giants catcherBuster Posey
(28) during the ninth inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports
A.J. Pierzynski would be a welcome sight back at U.S. Cellular Field for a lot of fans, given the struggles incumbent backstop Tyler Flowers has experienced at the plate for much of his career.
Pierzynski, one of four players from the 2005 World Series team who is still active (along with Mark Buerhle, Neal Cotts and Juan Uribe), is playing well with the Atlanta Braves, who saw their playoff hopes take a hit with the second trip this season to the disabled list for star first baseman Freddie Freeman.
The left-handed catcher has already proven he can handle the pitching staff and continue hitting well at the plate with a .302 average and seven long balls, a clear upgrade from Flowers.
Many players will be on Rick Hahn’s radar in the coming weeks, and it is possible he chooses to move players such as Samardzija or Alexei Ramirez as well. However, it seems much more likely the team adds before the waiver deadline than sells, as players typically have lesser values during August than they do during July or December.
Here is to hoping whatever Hahn decides pays dividends.