Pierzynski not surprised by trade rumors

Updated: April 21, 2010, 6:19 PM ET
ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- A.J. Pierzynski isn't surprised by trade rumors because the veteran Chicago White Sox catcher believes he is the most logical piece for the team to move.

"I kind of was expecting it due to the fact that pretty soon here I'll be 10-and-five where they can't move me [without my approval]," Pierzynski said Wednesday on "The Afternoon Saloon" on ESPN 1000. "We haven't really had any talks about me staying here extension-wise. I'm the one guy that they probably can move. I have an expiring contract; they can't trade [Paul] Konerko because he has a full no-trade clause.

"They don't really have a lot of other pieces that they would want to trade that are expiring. Hopefully it doesn't happen, but you just never know."

With five years on the same team and 10 in the major leagues, Pierzynski can block any trade after June 14, the date he reaches 10-and-five status. He can become a free agent after the 2010 season.

Pierzynski has been the White Sox's primary catcher since signing as a free agent before the 2005 season. A .278 hitter during his five-plus seasons with the White Sox, Pierzynski, 33, is batting .182 and broke out of an 0-for-11 slump Tuesday when he went 1-for-3 in a 4-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays.

The White Sox are grooming Tyler Flowers, who is batting .314 with two home runs and 11 RBIs in 10 games for Triple-A Charlotte, as the catcher of the future.

Pierzynski knows his place in the process.

"I don't have any control over it," he said. "That's [general manager] Kenny [Williams] and [owner] Jerry [Reinsdorf] and [manager] Ozzie [Guillen]'s decision. I'm just trying to play every game here with the White Sox and try to win as many games as we can."

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