A.J. Pierzynski plans to play again in 2015

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A.J. Pierzynski told the media after the Cardinals’ loss to the Giants in Game 5 of the NLCS that he intends to play baseball again in 2015, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports. With Yadier Molina starting and Tony Cruz backing up, Pierzynski’s future doesn’t lie with the Cardinals.

More, via Goold:

“I want to play, obviously,” said Pierzynski, who came to the Cardinals after being released by Boston in July. He will be a free agent next month. “Physically I feel good. I still think I can contribute. I don’t know what will be out there, but I want to play.”

The catcher, who turns 38 at the end of December, put up a .251/.288/.337 slash line with five home runs and 37 RBI in 362 plate appearances during the regular season with the Red Sox and Cardinals. It was easily the worst season of his 17-year career. However, he was productive at the plate with the Rangers in 2013, so it’s tough to make any concrete judgments about his ability to play going forward.