Red Sox sign Pierzynski to one-year deal

Red Sox sign Pierzynski to one-year deal
December 3, 2013, 9:00 am
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After clearing some roster spots the night before with some non-tenders, the Red Sox quickly took advantage of one Tuesday morning, signing free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski to a one-year deal.
    
The signing effectively ends Jarrod Saltalamacchia's stay with the Red Sox. Saltalamacchia, also a free agent, was looking for a long-term commitment, something the Red Sox were unwilling to do, given the presence of two promising catching prospects in their minor league system.
    
Pierzysnki will team with David Ross to handle the catching duties for the Sox in 2014.

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A left-handed hitter, Pierzysnki is a lifetime .283 hitter. Last season, in his only year with the Texas Rangers, Pierzinski hit .272 with 17 homers and 70 RBI.
    
The year before, he posted a career-high 27 homers with the Chicago White Sox. Pierzynski spent eight seasons with the White Sox. Originally drafted by the Twins, he spent his first six seasons with Minnesota before being traded to the San Fransico Giants.
    
Pierzynski turns 37 on Dec. 30.
   
Saltalamacchia was looking for a three-year deal, and the Red Sox, who have Christian Vazquez and Blake Swihart in their system, didn't want to block their prospects by committing to Saltalamacchia long-term.
    
Saltalamacchia has been drawing interest from, among others, the Florida Marlins and Minnesota Twins.
    
Pierzynski has gained a reputation as a player who rubs opponents the wrong way. In 2012, a survey of players found him to be the most disliked player in the game.
    
Last year, he threw out 33 percent of opposing baserunners. Over the course of his career, he's caught 25 percent of those trying to steal, a tad below average for the position.
    
He's been an All-Star twice and won a Silver Slugger in 2012, his final year with the White Sox.