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.

Astros release Jon Singleton

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The Astros have released first baseman Jon Singleton, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Singleton, 26, was suspended for 100 games after testing positive for a drug of abuse for a third time. He has had issues with marijuana in the post and admitted to being a drug addict several years ago. He said, “At this point it’s pretty evident to me that I’m a drug addict. I don’t openly tell everyone that, but it’s pretty apparent to myself. I know that I enjoy smoking weed, I enjoy being high and I can’t block that out of my mind that I enjoy that. So I have to work against that.”

Singleton played parts of two seasons in the majors in 2014-15 with the Astros, batting a combined .171/.290/.331 with 14 home runs and 50 RBI in — appropriately — 420 plate appearances. He spent 2016 with Triple-A Fresno and 2017 with Double-A Corpus Christi, putting up middling numbers.

If he can convince teams he’s still actively working to overcome his addiction, Singleton may be able to find an opportunity elsewhere. But his road back to the majors remains long. He was once a top prospect in the Phillies’ system, then was traded to the Astros in the Hunter Pence deal back in July 2011.