The Minnesota Twins decided to move longtime catcher and face of their franchise Joe Mauer to first base permanently this offseason, a move which should extend the career of the former MVP. Of course, that also left a pretty big hole behind the dish, one the Twins are reportedly attempting to fill with A.J. Pierzynski.
And, if that wasn’t enough, the Twins are making progress in their attempts to bring back free-agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski, the person with knowledge of the Hughes negotiations said. The Twins want to bring in players with winning backgrounds, and Pierzynski, who won a World Series in 2005 with the White Sox and played in 14 postseason games with the Twins, brings that as well as an edge in the clubhouse that the club believes is missing.
The veteran backstop is still somewhat of an offensive force (at least in regards to catchers) and is adequate, if not more than solid behind the plate defensively.
With a relatively thin catching market, there’s not much available better than Pierzynski, who should provide the Twins a stable option behind the dish.