Sources: A.J. Pierzynski met with Texas

December, 18, 2012
12/18/12
9:30
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Free-agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski met with Texas Rangers officials on Tuesday, sources told ESPNChicago.com's Bruce Levine.

Pierzynski, who turns 36 on Dec. 30, had 27 homers and 77 RBIs in 2012 with the Chicago White Sox. The 27 homers were a career high and the 77 RBIs tied a career high set in 2004 when he was in San Francisco. He made $6 million last season.

Pierzynski would give the Rangers a veteran bat in the lineup and behind the plate. He's also a left-handed hitter with power, which wouldn't be a bad thing for a right-handed heavy team that just watched Josh Hamilton, a left-handed power bat, sign with the Angels.

The Rangers are still trying to fill a hole at one of the catching spots. They re-signed Geovany Soto, but Mike Napoli agreed to terms with the Boston Red Sox (that deal has still not been finalized).

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Colby Lewis
WINS ERA SO IP
10 5.18 133 170
OTHER LEADERS
BAA. Beltre .324
HRA. Beltre 19
RBIA. Beltre 77
RA. Beltre 79
OPSA. Beltre .879
ERAC. Lewis 5.18
SOY. Darvish 182