Posted December 21, 2012

Rangers, A.J. Pierzynski reportedly agree on 1-year contract

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A.J. Pierzynski has agreed to a one-year contract with the Texas Rangers. (Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

A.J. Pierzynski has agreed to a one-year contract with the Texas Rangers. (Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

The Rangers and free-agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski have agreed to a one-year contract, MLB.com’s T.R. Sullivan reported Thursday night. The contract will depend on the 15-year veteran passing a physical. If Pierzynski passes the physical, the deal is expected to be announced on Friday.

Pierzynski reportedly met with the Rangers on Tuesday.

Texas, which was speculated to have interest in catcher Travis d’Arnaud before he was traded to the Mets as part of the R.A. Dickey deal, has been in the market for a catcher with some pop in his bat after Mike Napoli agreed to a contract with the Red Sox.

Pierzynski, 35, is coming off a career-year in which he hit 27 homers — nine above his previous career-high — and knocked in 77 RBI for the White Sox.

He is expected to be the team’s primary catcher and a left-handed designated hitter option when Geovany Soto is behind the plate.


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