A.J. Pierzynski - Rob Grabowski-US PRESSWIRE
Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago says the Rangers are meeting with free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski tonight
Bruce Levine of ESPN Chicago writes that free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski and his agent are scheduled to meet with the Texas Rangers tonight.
Pierzynski, a lefthanded hitter who turns 36 at the end of this month, is coming off a career year in which he put up a .278/.326/.501 line for the Chicago White Sox in 520 plate appearances. He has a career .284/.324/.429 line in 6229 plate appearances.
Chicago has reportedly decided to turn the starting catching job over to Tyler Flowers, and there's been little indication that they are interested in bringing Pierzynski back to the South Side. Pierzynski has a reputation for being, shall we say, prickly, although he is considered a quality defensive catcher.
Right now, the Rangers have Geovany Soto and Eli Whiteside as their two primary catchers, although adding Pierzynski would presumably push Soto into a backup role.
Pierzynski made $6 million last season, and is reportedly looking for a multi-year deal.
UPDATE -- Over at South Side Sox, they have an analysis indicating that, despite what I said above, Pierzynski may not actually be a quality defensive catcher anymore.