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Ex-Cards catcher expected to replace Pierzynski

Originally Published: December 13, 2004
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San Francisco Giants: The club and catcher Mike Matheny agreed to a $10.5 million three-year contract Monday, the latest move to upgrade the team's defense.

The latest acquisition probably means the end of A.J. Pierzynski's tenure in San Francisco. Acquired in a trade last year from Minnesota, Pierzynski is eligible for salary arbitration.

With backup Yorvit Torrealba already on the roster, the Giants are unlikely to offer Pierzynski arbitration by a Dec. 20 deadline and ...

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