Rumors were running rampant on Tuesday that Jake Peavy would be the first member of the Red Sox clubhouse to be shipped as the team begins to realize that it will be more "seller" than "buyer" before the upcoming trade deadline.
While Peavy still remains in Boston, for now, it turns out AJ Pierzynski will be the first to go. The veteran catcher has been designated for assignment by the Red Sox.
Red Sox manager John Farrell confirmed the news to WEEI, first reported by Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports.com.
Pierzynski was on a one-year deal in Boston and was leaned on to fill in the hole left behind by Jarrod Saltalamacchia's departure in free agency last offseason.
While Pierzynski wasn't expected to be a Gold Glove winner, the hope was he'd be a viable offensive threat in the Red Sox lineup. He has been a relative disappointment across the board, however, hitting .254 with 4 homers and 31 RBI in 72 games.
His departure clears a space on the roster for the Red Sox to promote up-and-coming catching prospect Christian Vazquez to the big leagues. That's the move the Red Sox will make, importing the 23-year-old to play alongside veteran David Ross.
In 66 games with Pawtucket this season, Vazquez is hitting .279/.336/.385 with 3 homers and 20 RBI. He's also thrown out 40 percent of the runners who have attempted steals on him.
More to come . . .