John Mozeliak Goes Trolling

After the Cardinals lost their 4th game in a row last night to the Chicago Cubs (of all teams), it was announced that the Cardinals were working on a deal to sign veteran free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski.  Pierzynski is a 13 year MLB veteran and is 37 years old.  Several hours later it was announced the deal was done and Pierzynski would be in Chicago today.  Recently acquired catcher George Kottaras was said to have already packed up and left the team.  The exact nature of his departure was not announced.

The news was taken on Twitter with much angst by Cardinal Nation.  You see, Pierzynski is not known for his, ah, people skills.  Pierzynski is fairly universally referred to as “The Most Hated Player in Baseball”.  Given the close, fraternity like atmosphere that the Cardinals clubhouse is known for, the addition of Pierzynski to it is more than a little odd.  As one member of the media put it “It’s a curious fit, for sure”.    My first thought was that this was a giant troll by GM John Mozeliak.  It’s like introducing a punk rocker to a boy’s choir.

And to be a fly on the wall in the Cardinals clubhouse after this became known would be a dream come true.

How this all plays out will be interesting to see unfold.  Will Pierzynski’s addition strike a match to the Cardinals seeming lethargic play?   Or will he sow the seeds of discord in the clubhouse and cause further damage to the already struggling team?  I don’t know the answer.  I wonder though if Mozeliak isn’t behaving a little desperately with this move.  The suddenness of the move along with the abrupt, unexplained departure of Kottaras is puzzling, to say the least.  Perhaps we will learn more in the coming days.  I must admit part of me feels bad for Kottaras.  Buddy, we hardly knew ye.

Baseball wise, the addition of Pierzynski, who was released by the Red Sox just recently because of lack of offensive production, (and the move resulted in much celebration in Boston, from all accounts), doesn’t gel with the need for more offense in the Cardinals lineup.  Pierzynski’s batting line since June 1 is .194/.230/.226.  That’s Daniel Descalso territory.  His defensive production is also down from previous years.  Is Mozeliak thinking that the Cardinals coaches can fix him, or is this just a temporary move to jolt the Cardinals clubhouse?  I can’t imagine that Pierzynski is going to add any significant offensive production to this lineup.

I must admit I am baffled and intrigued at the same time.  What exactly is the point behind this move?  Are there several more moves coming, and perhaps this is just a setup?  Or is Mozeliak just throwing crap against the wall to see what will stick?  So many questions.  I hope to get answers soon.

If this is just one big troll, it’s a doozey.  Joe Strauss would be proud and envious at the same time.

Goodness gracious.

 

Thank you for reading.

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  1. baseballmania

     /  July 26, 2014

    He is a clubhouse nightmare. Maybe working with Yadi will calm him down.

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  2. bw52

     /  July 26, 2014

    I think AJ is here to shake up and wake up the clubhouse .A kick in the ass to the team.AJ might be a jerk but nobody has ever accused him of dogging it or half-ass trying.

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  3. blingboy

     /  July 26, 2014

    AJ has something like 14,000 innings behind the plate, so he knows what he is doing. A critical point with all the young pitchers. Its not his job to be their friend.

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