What the hell is Kenny Williams thinking? Paying A.J. Pierkidnifnsinfski $6 million a year for the next three years?
Let me get this straight: you want to pay an already-30-year-old catcher with a .309 OPB $6 million a year for the next three years?
Oh, and he also happens to be bat-shit crazy.
Well, on the positive side, I guess he does have a whopping 25 walks versus 472 at-bats this year. That's pretty sweet compared to All-Star and future Hall of Famer Fudge Rodriguez at 9 walks versus 500 at-bats at $10.5 million. On the other hand, fat Johnny Estrada has drawn 12 walks versus 442 at-bats for a ultra-sexy .296 OBP. And the Brewers got all that for the bargain rate of $3.4 million this year.
So we have a nice range of prices here. Fudge at $10.5 million for an OPS of .713 and a caught-stealing rate of roughly 30%, Piercnyyyskiofviski at roughly $6 million for an OPS of .712 and a caught-stealing rate of 24%, and fat Estrada for $3.4 million for an OPS of .699 and a caught-stealing rate of roughly 13%.
Just by way of comparison, Joe Mauer this year is making $3.75 million for an OPS of .802 (and a career OPS of .851) and caught stealing rate this year of 54% (no, really). And then there's Russell Martin, who is making $387,500 this year, while hitting at a .844 OPS and throwing out 34% of runners.
Bottom line: at $6 million a year for his age 31-33 years, A.J. Pierxxinzzzjnski is the chicken dinner.