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.