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December 19, 2012

Rangers met with Pierzynski, Ross on Tuesday

The Texas Rangers met with free agents A.J. Pierzynski and Cody Ross on Tuesday, according to a source.

Pierzynski, who made $6 million last season, would add much-needed catching depth for the Rangers, who have Geovany Soto projected to be their everyday catcher. Eli Whitesaid and Luis Martinez are also on the 40-man roster.

Pierzynski, who turns 36 in December, is coming off one of his best seasons. He batted .278 with a career-high 27 homers in 2012 with the White Sox. While Pierzynski would fill a position of need and add a left-handed bat to the lineup, his defense is a question mark. Pierzynski threw out only 20 percent of base stealers last season (19 of 76).

Ross, meanwhile, would fit as a right-handed bat off the bench or possibly as a platoon outfielder with David Murphy. The 31-year-old batted .267 with 22 home runs and 81 RBIs last year with the Red Sox, and was rumored to be a potential trade target for the Rangers last season.

-- Drew Davison


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