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Catcher A.J. Pierzynski agrees to deal with champion Red Sox

A.J. Pierzynski is a strong offensive catcher and and a respected game-caller. (USATSI)
A.J. Pierzynski is a strong offensive catcher and a respected game-caller. (USATSI)

Veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski has agreed to a one-year deal worth $8.25 million with the World Series champion Boston Red Sox, according to sources.

The Red Sox needed a veteran to catch their championship team, and ultimately they liked the idea of Pierzynski, an excellent offensive catcher who has respected game-calling skills, handling their staff.

In the end, they probably needed to either sign Pierzynski or bring back Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who was a part of their championship team last year. Early on, they offered a two-year deal to Salty.

Boston was always hesitant to do a very long deal with a catcher as it is has two very good catching prospects, Blake Swihart and Christian Vazquez, who could be ready fairly quickly. The Red Sox also have a strong backup in David Ross.

The Twins, Marlins and White Sox are among teams still looking for a catcher, so Saltalamacchia has a few options.

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