Red Sox to designate A.J. Pierzynski for assignment

The Red Sox are cutting bait on veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski. (USATSI)
The Red Sox are cutting bait on veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski. (USATSI)

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The Red Sox have decided to designate catcher A.J. Pierzynski for assignment. CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman has confirmed the original report of FoxSports' Ken Rosenthal. Per MLB rules, the team now has 10 days to trade, release or waive him.

Pierzynski, 37, is batting .254/.286/.348 on the season with four homers in 72 games. The Sox signed him this past offseason to a one-year, $8.25 million contract. Across parts of 17 big-league seasons, Pierzynski, a two-time All-Star, owns an OPS+ of 95. 

Heyman adds that the Sox will call up catcher prospect Christian Vazquez to replace Pierzynski on the roster. 

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