A.J. Pierzynski, Rangers agree to one-year, $7.5 million contract

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UPDATE: Jon Heyman of CBS Sports hears that Pierzynski’s one-year deal is worth $7.5 million.

5:31 PM: T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com says it’s a done deal, with the physical exam slated for tomorrow.

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A.J. Pierzynski has regularly been linked to the Rangers for the past couple weeks and now Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the two sides are “closing in on a one-year contract.”

According to Rosenthal the deal is not yet agreed upon and would be pending a physical exam.

Texas has been looking for catching help since Mike Napoli left as a free agent and getting Pierzynski for a one-year commitment coming off a career-year would be a nice pickup given speculation that he was searching for multiple years.

At age 35 he’s highly unlikely to duplicate his 2012 numbers, which included 27 homers after never hitting more than 18 before, but even a return to his normal production would be a nice fit in the Rangers’ mostly right-handed lineup and they have a good platoon partner for Pierzynski in Geovany Soto.