Jun 24, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Boston Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski (40) looks to the dugout after being stolen on for the second time during the seventh inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis Cardinals close to deal with A.J. Pierzynski

The Boston Red Sox signed catcher A.J. Pierzynski without realizing the potential headache they’d be getting, and that’s why they promptly cut him earlier in the month, but he doesn’t seem as though he’ll be out of work for long.

The St. Louis Cardinals need some depth on their roster and rather than make a trade for some veteran catching help, they’re simply going to look to the free agent market and Pierzynski’s way.

According to Cardinals beat writer Derrick Goold, St. Louis is close to signing Pierzynski to a deal that would make him the Cards backup catcher and likely make more than a few fans nervous about what he’ll bring to the team.

The expected addition is free-agent A.J. Pierzynski.

The Cardinals and Pierzynski were working on a deal Friday night, and the catcher was expected to join the team Saturday in Chicago. A source said Pierzynski was in Cooperstown, N.Y., for the Hall of Fame inductions. Multiple sources with knowledge of an imminent deal confirmed that he was set to join the Cardinals.

Pierzynski used to be a guy you loved if he was on your team but hated if he wasn’t, but those days with the Minnesota Twins, San Francisco Giants and then Chicago White Sox all seem like distant memories as Red Sox fans had Pierzynski and hated him as much as everyone else did, which goes to show that Pierzynski needs to bring it with his talents if he wants to erase all the bad memories he’s created.

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