Here is the state of catching
The news here on the south side of Chicago is a two-year, $12.5 contract extension for catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who is now signed through 2010. Add in his $5.85 million salary for next year, and he’ll make more than $18 million over the next three years. That isn’t meant to justify the Tigers whether or not they eventually pick up Pudge’s $13 million option (which I expect they’ll do), but it basically gives an idea for other catchers who re-sign. Pierzynski turns 31 this winter and has around the same OPS as Pudge this year while ranking firmly above-average offensively for catchers over the last few seasons.