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Are the White Sox going to let A.J. Pierzynski walk?

A.J. Pierzynski

Chicago White Sox’s A.J. Pierzynski, center, is congratulated by teammates after scoring on a Juan Pierre single in the fifth inning during the first baseball game of a doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals, Saturday, Aug. 21, 2010, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)


Jim Bowden reports -- that always sounds weird, by the way -- that the White Sox have not yet offered a contract to free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski. And maybe they shouldn’t, because he has declined a great deal and he probably wants multiple years when he doesn’t really deserve them. But it does leave me wondering what the Sox plan on doing at catcher.

Why? Because while everyone has assumed for a couple of years that prospect Tyler Flowers would take over behind the plate once A.J. was gone, he didn’t have a great year in Charlotte, regressing pretty substantially after an outstanding 2009 split between Triple-A and Double-A. I saw him once when the Knights came to Columbus and, while I’m no scout, he had some pretty terrible-looking at bats.

Catcher take awhile to develop, but Flowers is going to be 25 in January. Can he be trusted to simply step in and competently handle the catching duties for the White Sox? And if not, who is going to be there to pick him up when he falters? A.J. Pierzynski? Someone else?