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December 20, 2012

Rangers, A.J. Pierzynski agree to one-year deal

The Rangers' search for a catcher is over, at least for this year, after they came to an agreement with A.J. Pierzynski on a one-year contract.

Pierzynski, who needs to pass a physical before the deal is official, is coming off the best year of his career (27 homers, 77 RBIs) and is a career .284 hitter. He also gives the Rangers a left-handed bat they have needed since Josh Hamilton bolted for the Angels last week.

The two-time All-Star turns 36 next weekend, so the Rangers avoided having to give too lengthy of a deal to an aging player. But Pierzynski was still decent enough defensively at age 35, throwing out 26 percent of those who attempted to steal against him.

Pierzynski also caught in 126 games, 121 of which were starts. He figures to be the Rangers' primary catcher ahead of Geovany Soto, who re-signed for one year Dec. 2.

-- Jeff Wilson

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