Chicago won’t be getting a compensatory draft pick if Juan Pierre leaves as a free agent, as the White Sox declined to offer arbitration to the veteran outfielder with Type B status.
Pierre hit .279 with his usual lack of power and plate discipline, posting a sub-.700 OPS for the fourth time in five years. He also ceased being a positive factor on the bases, going just 27-of-44 on steal attempts.
It’s possible another team will view Pierre as still being a capable center fielder despite his playing exclusively left field for the past two seasons, but short of that the odds are seemingly against his finding another full-time gig at age 34.
Pierre just completed a five-year, $44 million contract that paid him $8.5 million in 2011.
As expected, the White Sox did offer arbitration to fellow Type B free agent Mark Buehrle.
Bob Nightengale reports that Adrian Gonzalez plans to play in 2019 and the Diamondbacks are “one of the teams who may have interest.”
Well, now that they’ve traded way Paul Goldschmidt I suppose they have an opening, though there was a report yesterday that they intend to play Jake Lamb at first base in 2019.
The Mets released Gonzalez on June 10, after he completed a 54-game tenure with a batting line of .237/.299/.373 and only six homers. No one else showed interest in the five-time All-Star after the Mets cast him off and, as such, one might have felt comfortable saying that his playing days were over. He thinks differently, however, and apparently the Dbacks are at least willing to listen. He will turn 37 in May and will almost certainly have to settle for a minor league contract, but if the man wants to play, that will not be an obstacle.