MLB Rumors: A.J. Pierzynski Signs With The Texas Rangers?
Looks like it’s time to see what Tyler Flowers can do for the Chicago White Sox in 2013. According to Ken Rosenthal and other sources the Texas Rangers have signed A.J. Pierzynski to a one-year deal. It’s interesting that Pierzynski signed with the Rangers for just one-year, however. Pierzynski wanted a multi-year deal but it looks like that he has settled for a one-year deal with the Rangers pending a physical.
Pierzynski is a fan favorite and was a key part of the White Sox winning the World Series in 2005. Which is something that White Sox fans will never forget about and will always be grateful for. The White Sox will miss the left-handed power that Pierzynski brings.
It will be interesting to see how much money the Rangers signed Pierzynski for. He was coming off a career year. He hit .278 drove in 78 runs and had a career high 27 home runs in 138 games in 2012.
I’m alright with Flowers being behind the plate. It’s time to finally see what he can do. In 2012 Flowers had 136 at bats and hit .213. I believe that those numbers will greatly improve since he will be the everyday catcher for the White Sox. Flowers is also better defensively then Pierzynski and he is also better at throwing out base runners that attempt to steal.
What will be interesting is how Pierzynski is treated in Texas. He wasn’t too happy that he was snubbed in the All-Star game in 2012 by Ron Washington. After Washington said that he felt bad about leaving Pierzynski off the team, Pierzynski said the following “If (Washington) felt that bad he would have put me on the team,” he said. “He had an opportunity to and he didn’t do it. Obviously, he can feel as bad as he wants, but he didn’t feel that bad.”
One thing is for sure, Pierzynski will always be remembered in Chicago. Now we will get to see how he handles the heat with the Rangers.
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