After being unemployed for much of the month of July, former Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski may not be out of a job for much longer.
According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Cardinals and Pierzynski have agreed on a deal to bring in the 37-year-old catcher, as All-Star Yadier Molina is on the shelf with an injured thumb:
— Derrick Goold (@dgoold) July 26, 2014
FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal also confirmed on Friday that Pierzynski was all but officially a Cardinal:
Pierzynski joining #STLCards tomorrow. Already in Chicago.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) July 26, 2014
Goold says that the likely man out in this is recently-acquired George Kottaras, whom the Cardinals claimed off waivers from the Indians on July 11.
It was reported on July 10 that Molina would need surgery on a torn thumb ligament and miss 8-12 weeks.
After signing a one-year deal with the Red Sox this past offseason, Pierzynski was designated for assignment on July 9 and was officially released on July 16. He hit .254 with four home runs and 31 RBIs in 72 games for the Red Sox, as his offensive production was nowhere near where the Sox thought it would be when they inked him to a contract.
Kottaras played 10 games for the Indians earlier this season, going 6-for-21 with three home runs and four RBIs. He has played four games since joining the Cardinals, recording one hit and one RBI in five at bats with one walk.