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New York Yankees in Talks to Sign Catcher A.J. Pierzynski

December 4th, 2012 at 5:54 PM
By Daniel Sirianni

As free agency begins to heat up at Major League Baseball's winter meetings, the New York Yankees are now in talks to sign catcher A.J. Pierzynski, tweets Phil Rogers of the Chicago Tribune. 

'AJ Pierzynski' photo (c) 2007, Tony - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

New York's starting catcher last season, Russell Martin, recently signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates after the Yankees failed to match their two-year offer. New York is focusing on signing veteran players to one-year deals this offseason in order to lower the team's payroll to $189 million by the start of the 2014 season. 

Pierzynski hit .278 with a career-high 27 home runs and 77 RBI last season with the Chicago White Sox. In his previous 14 seasons, the 35 year-old catcher's season-high was 18 home runs. 

The Yankees and Pierzynski could be a great fit for both sides, as the Yankees are looking for proven veterans willing to accept one-year deals and Pierzynski could be looking to play for a winning team as he nears the end of his career and has not reached the playoffs since 2008. 

If the Yankees can not come to terms with Pierzynski, expect them to look at options already on the roster, such as Chris Stewart, Francisco Cervelli, or Austin Romine. However, Stewart and Cervelli are better suited as backups and Romine is still unproven, so signing Pierzynski would be their primary option for replacing Martin. 

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