Red Sox cut ties with A.J. Pierzynski

Red Sox cut ties with A.J. Pierzynski
July 9, 2014, 2:45 pm
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Tony Andracki

It's been a tough week for aging baseball players who used to make their home in Chicago.

Three days after the Yankees designated Alfonso Soriano for assignment, the Red Sox did the same with A.J. Pierzynski. In an ironic twist of fate, Boston made the move with the White Sox in town for a four-game series.

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Pierzynski signed with the Red Sox on a one-year, $8.25 million deal prior to the season, but has struggled mightily. In 72 games, the 37-year-old catcher hit just .254 with a .633 OPS and four homers while racking up a -0.1 WAR (Baseball Reference).

Pierzynski hit 44 homers and drove in 147 runs from 2012-13 as the full-time catcher with the White Sox and Rangers, respectively.

The Red Sox have 10 days to decide what to do with Pierzynski. If no team inquires about a trade (which is unlikely given the financial implications), the Red Sox will likely cut Pierzynski.