After much speculation about his future, AJ Pierzynski has decided not to retire, according to SB Nation's Chris Cotillo. Pierzynski is hopeful for a new deal, and will test the free agent market. While retirement is still a possibility, Pierzynski will assess all options before making a final decision on his future.
Pierzynski, 39, has been a part of Major League Baseball since 1998 when he broke into the majors with the Minnesota Twins, who took him in the third round of the 1994 draft. Pierzynski has also spent time with the Chicago White Sox, San Francisco Giants, Texas Rangers, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, and most recently the Atlanta Braves. Pierzynski hit .269 in the two years he spent in Atlanta, along with 11 home runs and 72 runs batted in.
While Pierzynski is one of the oldest players left in baseball, and the oldest catcher left in the major leagues, he is a two time All Star and 2012 Silver Slugger winner, who can still provide some offensive help as a backup catcher. There are many teams who could be looking for a catcher, including the Washington Nationals, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels and more.
The Braves will now move on with Tyler Flowers and a to be determined teammate. While the Braves have a desire to fill their system with top prospects, the organization is moving to a new stadium, and have expressed a desire to compete in the next few years. The team could be motivated to find a long term solution behind the plate.