Red Sox considering free agent A.J. Pierzynski

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The Red Sox are known to have interest in free agent catcher Brian McCann, but they’ll be competing for his services against some of the richest teams in baseball so backup plans are being put in motion.

Rob Bradford of WEEI reports that the Boston front office has reached out to free agent backstop A.J. Pierzynski, who, unlike McCann, does not require draft pick compensation. Pierzynski is not a very good defensive catcher and his low walk rate does not fit the normal Red Sox offensive profile, but the eccentric 36-year-old has amassed 44 homers and 147 RBI in 269 games over the last two seasons, is as durable as any catcher in the league, and will likely come relatively cheap.

The Red Sox are seeking a catcher to either platoon with or start ahead of David Ross. Bradford says that free agent Carlos Ruiz may be an option, and re-signing Jarrod Saltalamacchia remains a possibility.

Mets are exchanging names with teams for a Jeurys Familia trade

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Andy Martino of SNY TV reports that the Mets “have gotten to the point of exchanging names with teams” in trade talks for closer Jeurys Familia. He says that nothing is imminent, but that we should expect a Familia trade “well before the deadline.”

Familia has 17 saves in 29 appearances, a 2.88 ERA and a 43/14 K/BB ratio over 40.2 innings this season.