A.J. Pierzynski rumors: Catcher set to meet with Rangers

Lisa Blumenfeld

Former Chicago White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski will meet with the Texas Rangers on Tuesday to discuss a possible deal.

Coming off a career season where he belted 27 home runs, free agent veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski will meet with the Texas Rangers on Tuesday according to a report by Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com.

A 14-year veteran in the majors with a career .278 average, Pierzynski remains one of the premier offensive catchers in the sport even at 35 years old. The Rangers are currently desperate for help at the position already after letting slugger Mike Napoli hit the open market, but are especially hurting for elite offensive production now after the loss of All-Star outfielder Josh Hamilton in free agency.

Pierzynski would also be a serious boost for the Rangers as a left-handed presence from the plate, and would likely take on a sizable role as a part-time designated hitter depending on how the organization wants to use him. With Napoli set to officially ink a deal with Boston worth $39 million over three years, Pierzynski could be in store for a significant pay increase after only making $6 million last season with the White Sox.

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