Rangers To Sign A.J. Pierzynski

Pierzynski’s deal is for $7.5MM, according to Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com (via Twitter).

The Rangers and A.J. Pierzynski have agreed to terms on a one-year deal, according to Jim Bowden of ESPN.com (via Twitter). Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports (via Twitter) first reported that the two sides were closing in on a deal.

The Octagon client met with Rangers brass on Tuesday in Arlington and the club reportedly has done extensive homework on him. Pierzynski would fill a major gap behind the plate for the Rangers, who lost Mike Napoli. The catcher posted a .278/.326/.501 batting line in 520 plate appearances with 27 home runs in 2012. Pierzynski also appeared in 135 games, reaching the 100 games threshold for the 12th consecutive season.

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