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Letting Pierzynski walk may haunt Hahn

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08:13 AM ET 12.27 | The Rangers, after losing Mike Napoli and another big bat in Josh Hamilton, found a need for A.J. Pierzynski. While the White Sox head into 2013 with their fingers crossed that Tyler Flowers can hit in the big leagues, the Rangers are expecting -- or at least hoping -- a 36-year-old can duplicate his career-best performance at the plate from 2012. ... Allowing him to walk away without even an offer is a dangerous one for Rick Hahn, the new White Sox general manager, and I think he's going to regret it. Money is always a factor, and it played a role in this situation. Hahn said Wednesday that while his decision reflects his faith in Flowers, there was an issue of "prioritizing" the team's other needs.

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A.J. Pierzynski, Getty Images A.J. Pierzynski, Getty Images
December 27, 2012  08:47 AM ET

The White Sox haven't done a damn thing other than sign Jeff Keppinger this off season as the Tigers and even the Royals have gotten better.

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December 27, 2012  08:55 AM ET

I can understand why the Sox GM didn't want to pay AJ 11 mill next year at his age. You have to remember they are probably in the weakness division in the AL and now there are two wild cards.

December 27, 2012  09:00 AM ET
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I can understand why the Sox GM didn't want to pay AJ 11 mill next year at his age. You have to remember they are probably in the weakness division in the AL and now there are two wild cards.

No one is paying Pierzynski $11 million this year.

December 27, 2012  09:00 AM ET
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The White Sox will regress a little this year. How much did AJ mean to the pitching staff? We're about to find out.

No one will know what they will do until the games are played. Also, not signing a 36 year old catcher isn't necessarily a bad thing.

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December 27, 2012  12:16 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

No one is paying Pierzynski $11 million this year.

not even rangers paid him 11 millions, but pierzyns had sayed i would like any amount of money an i enjoy playing not matter where!!

December 27, 2012  12:19 PM ET
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Two questions:1) What happened to Ken Williams?2) Can you admit that the Indians are kicking the White Sox arses in the offseason?

the white sox are a very talented team, and sometimes the sox would surprise every team, the way sox move in their league its hard to tell when they could flip players in mid-seson, or at the end of the season!!!

December 27, 2012  01:49 PM ET

not too hip on the Rangers signing this guy ... but, they do need a catcher ...

December 27, 2012  04:10 PM ET
QUOTE(#4):

No one is paying Pierzynski $11 million this year.

Sox fan the Rangers are paying your catcher that amount next year.

December 27, 2012  04:21 PM ET
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Two questions:1) What happened to Ken Williams?2) Can you admit that the Indians are kicking the White Sox arses in the offseason?

Ken Williams was promoted. Also, signing Nick Swisher means the Indians have severely regressed.

December 27, 2012  04:21 PM ET
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Two questions:1) What happened to Ken Williams?2) Can you admit that the Indians are kicking the White Sox arses in the offseason?

1. Ken Williams was promoted to VP of baseball operations, Rick Hahn was promoted from assistant GM to GM. He's been with the Sox since 2004?

2. Yes, as a Sox fan I find myself wishing we'd do more this offseason.

December 27, 2012  04:22 PM ET
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Sox fan the Rangers are paying your catcher that amount next year.

No they aren't. They are paying him $7.5 million. So much for that then.

December 27, 2012  04:23 PM ET
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not too hip on the Rangers signing this guy ... but, they do need a catcher ...

You should get over the fact you don't like him due to a reputation and be happy you have a good offensive catcher.

December 27, 2012  04:27 PM ET
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The White Sox haven't done a damn thing other than sign Jeff Keppinger this off season as the Tigers and even the Royals have gotten better.

Even the Twins are getting better, sorry to say.

December 27, 2012  04:28 PM ET
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Sox fan the Rangers are paying your catcher that amount next year.

To make my factual claim more abundantly clear to you, please click on the link below:


http://tinyurl.com/ckwrwjl

December 27, 2012  04:28 PM ET
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Even the Twins are getting better, sorry to say.

That says little when they really suck in the first place.

December 27, 2012  05:27 PM ET

This is a good move for Texas, they just upgraded their catching and Pitching, AJ will do a good job with this Staff!

 
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