Texas Rangers sign free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski


A.J. Pierzynski and the Texas Rangers have agreed on a one year deal for the 2013 season. Pierzynski, 35, spent the last eight seasons with the Chicago White Sox. A physical is scheduled for tomorrow while financial details have not been released according to T.R. Sullivan.

Pierzynski will be an upgrade behind the plate for the Rangers. The team figures to pair him with Geovany Soto.

Last season Pierzynski enjoyed his best offensive season hitting a career high with 27 home runs while compiling a .278/.326/.501 line.

Pierzynski represents the first significant signing of the off season for Texas. Thus far the team has seen outfielder Josh Hamilton sign with the Los Angeles Angels and were rebuffed by pitchers Zack Greinke and Edwin Jackson.

The Rangers also appear to be losing Mike Napoli who agreed on a contract with Boston earlier this month, though no report has come that the deal is finalized. Texas also traded veteran Michael Young to Philadelphia.

Pierzynski and Rangers manager Ron Washington had an exchange last season when the catcher became upset that he was not selected to the American League All-Star team.

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