(BaseballStL) — Friday, the Cardinals made a move to fortify their catcher depth, signing 37-year-old A.J. Pierzynski.
Pierzynski is set to join the team Saturday in Chicago, but details surrounding the terms of the agreement have yet to be announced.
To make room for the 13-year backstop, George Kottaras is no longer with the club as he has been designated for assignment. After Friday’s 7-6 loss to the Cubs, Kottaras’ bag was brought into the clubhouse and he packed up his locker.
St. Louis claimed Kottaras off waivers from Cleveland on July 11, the day Yadier Molina had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb. At the time, the team expressed little to no interest in Pierzynski, who hit .254 with four homers in Boston this season.
He has been polarizing figure over the years, reportedly fitting well in certain clubhouses and not meshing in others. In 2005, he won a World Series with the Chicago White Sox. This season, he was released by the Red Sox after 72 games.
The move adds experience to the position currently being manned by a very green Tony Cruz. Though Mike Matheny and John Mozeliak have both expressed support for the backup, he’s only appeared in 170 games in four seasons, a consequence of being behind the game’s best catcher. Pierzynski, in contrast, has appeared in more than 1,800 games, winning a Silver Slugger and going to two All Star Games.