Rangers talk to White Sox about A.J. Pierzynski

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Mark Gonzalez of the Chicago Tribune and Bruce Levine of ESPNChicago.com are both reporting that the Rangers have called the White Sox to “inquire” about A.J. Pierzynski.
Based on their 15-22 record alone the White Sox may soon be looking to dump veterans, but the timetable with Pierzynski is sped up a bit because he’s four weeks from gaining no-trade status as a “10-and-5” player.
In other words, if the White Sox want to trade Pierzynski without getting his permission first they have until the middle of next month to pull off a deal.
An impending free agent making $6.7 million this season, Pierzynski is hitting just .200 with a .545 OPS in 32 games. However, he’s thrown out 6-of-21 stolen base attempts for his highest rate since 2003 and has never finished with an OPS below .700 in nine full seasons. Texas has been in the market for catching help since last season and the 33-year-old Pierzynski would be a good short-term fix if Chicago starts selling.

Mets sign Jose Lobaton to minor league deal

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The Mets signed catcher Jose Lobaton to a minor league contract, the team announced Friday. The deal includes an invitation to spring training, where it’s assumed Lobaton will be in the mix for a backup role behind Travis d'Arnaud and Kevin Plawecki.

Lobaton, 33, is coming off of a four-year stint with the Nationals. He put up his worst career numbers in 2017, producing -0.6 fWAR after slashing just .170/.248/.277 with four home runs in 158 plate appearances. While he’ll give the Mets little to work with at the plate, his near-decade of experience behind the dish should make him a decent emergency option, if nothing else.

In the meantime, the Mets are expected to roll with a d’Arnaud/Plawecki platoon to start the season. Both catchers saw slight upticks in value over the 2017 season: d’Arnaud turned in 0.8 fWAR after hitting a career-high 16 home runs, while Plawecki collected 0.6 fWAR and three homers after raising his batting line over the Mendoza Line for the first time since 2015.