CHICAGO -- At the end of the 2010 regular season, A.J. Pierzynski became a free agent. He went through that process smoothly, eventually re-signing with the White Sox on a two-year, $8-million deal.
It was the start of the 2010 campaign, with free agency pending, that Pierzynski didn't handle very well by his own admission. He was batting an uncharacteristic .211 by the end of May and had to spend June digging himself out of the early hole.
With free agency on the horizon once again after the season, Pierzynski has entered this potential walk-away year with a much better frame of mind. That mindset has helped produce a .387 average, with Pierzynski consistently driving the ball and leading the team with 11 RBIs.
"I'm in a better place than where I've been for a few years as far as being comfortable where I'm at and what I'm doing," Pierzynski said. "Two years ago, I was in the same situation as a possible free agent, and I just didn't go about it the right way.
"Now I look at it like if this is it, this is it, as opposed to  when I was really trying to do too much. So, in that regard, it's different."
As for being in line for a career year amidst a highly successful 15-year-run, Pierzynski laughs at the suggestion on April 17.
"We are only nine games in so it's still really early," Pierzynski said.