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December 4, 2013

The Pierzynski deal keeps plan in motion

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“Ryan’s been rehabbing his wrist (and is) almost 100 percent,” his agent Tom O’Connell recently told The Eagle-Tribune. “I anticipate him having strong 2014 season. He dealt with nagging injuries from spring training throughout the (2013) season. But with that said, Ryan is not only a strong offensive option for any club, but he’s one of the best defensive catchers in the game.”

This is a terrific fit for Hanigan who will be working with an excellent pitching staff. The Rays had been interested in him for a while.

DREW’S DECISION

Stephen Drew might be regretting his decision not to accept the Red Sox’ one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer. After all,

St. Louis was looking like a landing spot for Drew but the Cardinals instead signed Jhonny Peralta. The Yankees seem like a suitor but GM Brian Cashman said adding a shortstop is not a focus,

“Obviously we have bigger needs than focusing on an area we already have two players manning,” Cashman said in reference to the shortstop position, according to Andy McCullough of The Star-Ledger.

Drew, whose agent is Scott Boras, could end up back with Boston. Not many teams would surrender a draft pick to sign an average offensive shortstop who was terrible at the plate in the playoffs.

Another Boras client Kendrys Morales also might regret his decision not to accept a one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer from the Seattle Mariners. What team is going to surrender a draft pick for a first baseman who posted an OPS under .800?

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