A.J. Pierzynski is not in the Red Sox lineup today. That may mean something, or it may not. The latest rumors (from multiple sources) indicate that Boston is shopping the 37-year old backstop, who may have already worn out his welcome. Despite collecting a flurry of clutch hits earlier in the season, Pierzynski has faded at the plate (popping up about 30 times yesterday) and is less than Johnny Bench-like behind the dish. The hot rumor is a deal sending A.J. to the Dodgers for Andre Ethier (AKA Best Buddy Of The Muddy Chicken). The 32-year old Ethier is caught in a 5-player musical chair act in the Chavez Ravine outfield, and is hitting .257 with 4 HRs in 77 games. Pierzynski is at .253 with 4 HRs in 71 games. Seems like an even swap that would satisfy mutual needs—although part of Ethier's huge salary obligation through 2018 would have to be eaten by Magic Johnson and friends.