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Reports: A.J. Pierzynski agrees to 1-year deal with Texas Rangers

Chicago White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski hits a

Chicago White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski hits a one-run double during the first inning of a game against the Cleveland Indians. (Sept. 26, 2012) (Credit: AP)

Free-agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski has agreed to a one-year deal with the Texas Rangers, pending a physical, according to reports. CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman reported that the deal is worth $7.5 million.

Last season the 35-year-old showed no signs of aging, as he reached career highs in home runs (27) and RBIs (77), picking up his first-ever Silver Slugger Award in 15 seasons in the majors.

Pierzynski was one of the last big-name catchers on the free-agent market after Mike Napoli signed with the Boston Red Sox earlier in the month, making it all the more likely that the Yankees will stay within the organization at catcher after last year’s starter, Russell Martin, parted for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Yankees’ in-house options consist of Francisco Cervelli, Chris Stewart and Austin Romine. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman has said he’s comfortable with the players he has at the catching position, despite the fact that they’re a downgrade offensively.

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