It’s not like the Texas Rangers were going to just let all the other teams scoop up all the free agents. If you thought that A.J. Pierzynski would represent the Rangers’biggest catch so far this winter, well, you’re not alone. The Rangers are reportedly close to signing the left-handed hitting catcher to a one-year deal, according to Ken Rosenthal.

The 35-year old is coming off of what was arguably his finest season, in which he set a career highs in home runs with 27, SLG (.501), and *wOBA (.351). Pierzynski is a .284/.324/.429 hitter for his career. Pierzynski could see the majority of starts behind the plate for the Rangers, given his edge in ability at the plate compared to Geovany Soto. His less than stellar defensive abilities could push him into a part-time DH role as well.

Pierzynski was a member of the 2005 World Series champion Chicago White Sox team, and spent the last eight seasons with the club. He began his career with the Minnesota Twins, and played one season with the San Francisco Giants in 2004.

*Pierzynski had a wOBA of .353 in 96 plate appearances with the Twins in 2000.

Comments (4)

  1. I assume he could have got more years and money from another team coming off such a good season? He may be a douche but you have to give him credit for going after the ring rather than the coin.

    • I’m sure he got all he could. He’ll be 36 in two weeks and hit .278/.312/.397 with 17 home runs combined over the previous two seasons. Dead cat bounce beware

      • I agree he will regress but surely someone would have given him to years for more money? Look what the Pirates gave Martin!

  2. I personally would have chosen a picture showing off his awesome frosted tips for this article

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