Report: A.J. Pierzynski could replace Jarrod Saltalamacchia as Red Sox catcher
A.J. Pierzynski was highly complimentary of the Red Sox organization during the World Series as an analyst for FOX Sports. It seems like the Red Sox think highly of Pierzynski as well.
Boston has “shown some interest” in signing the free agent catcher, according to WEEI.com’s Rob Bradford. The Red Sox last week did not present a qualifying offer to Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Boston’s starting catcher throughout the majority of the 2013 season.
The 36-year-old Pierzynski batted .272 with 17 homers and 70 RBIs for the Rangers last season. His one-year deal with Texas last season was worth $7.5 million.
Saltalamacchia batted .273 with 14 home runs and 65 RBIs in 2013. The backstop struggled in the postseason, however, with David Ross taking over catching duties late in the World Series against St. Louis.
Free agent catchers Brian McCann and Carlos Ruiz have also been linked to Boston as a possible landing spot.