Fresh off a career season where he smashed 27 home runs, free-agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski is reportedly drawing serious interest from the New York Yankees, according to MLB Daily Dish.
The 35-year-old catcher has suited up for 1,629 games over his lengthy pro career, and has been one of the most consistent offensive producers at his position over the last decade. After signing with the White Sox in 2005, Pierzynski was a regular fixture in Chicago's lineup and reeled off a stretch of eight consecutive seasons where he played at least 128 games.
Though he will likely finish his career in Chicago on an extremely high note, Pierzynski's toughness behind the plate will be sorely missed by the White Sox right away next season. An elite power threat against right-handed pitching who could possibly flourish at a dimension-friendly Yankee Stadium, Pierzynski owns a .281 batting average over the last three seasons while playing in the Bronx.