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December 26, 2012

Rangers sign Pierzynski, designate Luis Martinez for assignment

The Rangers made the signing of catcher A.J. Pierzynski official today, and designated catcher Luis Martinez for assignment to clear a spot on the 40-man roster.

Pierzynski, who turns 36 on Dec. 30, is a two-time All-Star who is coming off his best season last year with the White Sox. He batted .278 with career-highs in home runs (27), slugging percentage (.501), OPS (.827), runs (68), walks (28) and tied his career-high in RBIs (77).

Pierzynski and Geovany Soto are expected to be the catchers on Opening Day, and Pierzynski will also provide another left-handed bat in the lineup.

Martinez was acquired by the Rangers last off-season, and spent the majority of the season at Triple A Round Rock. He had two stints with the Rangers in 2012, playing in 10 games.

-- Drew Davison

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