The Minnesota Twins looked to be near a deal with catcher A.J. Pierzynski just a few short days ago, but how quickly things can change as the veteran backstop agreed to a one-year deal with the Boston Red Sox Tuesday morning.
Pierzynski, who spent last season with the Texas Rangers is still one of the better offensive catchers in baseball and can provide adequate defense behind the dish:
A.J. Pierzynski’s one-year deal with Boston is for $8.25 million, pending a physical.
The signing of Pierzynski all but ends the Red Sox’s attempt to retain former catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who now becomes one of (if not the top) backstop left on the free agent market.
Pierzynski, 36, was rumored to be in the market for a two-year deal at minimum, but the Red Sox in need of a catcher (considering their inability to strike a deal with Saltalamacchia) likely paid a bit more for a one-year rental of the former White Sox/Rangers backstop.
In 134 games for Texas last season, Pierzynski hit .272 with 17 home runs and 70 RBI.