White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski would almost certainly consent to a trade if the club asked him to move on in order to give Tyler Flowers big league experience. Pierzynski has the right to veto any trade beginning on June 13th. The veteran is a free agent at the end of the season and could enhance his value by going to a contender. If he was still available in August then his salary is high enough that he would likely clear waivers.
Pierzynski has become the topic of interest for the past month on the South Side because the free agent after the 2010 season earns 10-and-5 status on this Monday. Having played at least 10 years in the Majors and at least five straight with the same team gives Pierzynski no-trade veto power, but with the White Sox slipping out of contention and Tyler Flowers waiting at Triple-A Charlotte, Pierzynski could be moved before that week runs off the calendar.
Even with this status, though, Pierzynski said Sunday it wouldn’t automatically mean he stays in Chicago for the remainder of the 2010 campaign. If the situation makes sense for both sides, Pierzynski would consider consenting to a trade.
“Obviously, if the White Sox aren’t where we want to be and a team has a chance for the playoffs and to win the World Series and they come and say, ‘Hey, we need a catcher,’ it would be hard to say no to that,” Pierzynski said. “How would you go about that? That’s something [where] my love for Chicago and this organization would be a deciding factor, but it’s hard as a player to say no.
“Look at Jim [Thome] and what he went to last year. You have an opportunity to go somewhere and win, if it’s not going to work out here. I hope it works out here, first and foremost. I would like to stay here for a long time.”
The ultimate goal for Pierzynski hasn’t changed: stay with the White Sox for the remainder of his career, not just this week or for the next four months. But as Pierzynski pointed out, it takes “two to tango” where his desire to stay is concerned.