Originally Posted by Brian26
AJ signed with Texas on December 20th, which is pretty late in the offseason for a free agent. There was marginal interest in AJ, to the point were articles were being written pondering the possible reasons. The Yankees kicked the tires but were weary of his defense. He got shockingly very little attention. Texas came in late and signed him, and it is accurate to say that Texas offered the highest salary. They may have made the only offer to him.
By the way, I'd love to see him come back just because we are now lost at that position. But, I hope he makes as much as he can wherever he goes. The dude took $2 million in 2011 to come back to the Sox (after they signed Dunn and re-signed Konerko, who also took deferred money). Even though he made $6 mil in 2012, the 2011 pay cut was substantial compared to what he had been making the previous five seasons.
In fairness, it should be noted AJ took $2M in 2011 in the first year of a back-loaded 2 year/$8M deal where he made $6M in 2012, per Cot's. IMHO, the backloading was taken by AJ to make him harder to trade.
Edit: Back to the OP topic - no, I think it is time to forget about AJ, but I also hope that the 2014 starting catcher is someone not yet on the team. Flowers was never the answer, and after a skyrocket start, Phegley flamed out and settled into similar mediocrity.