The Texas Rangers, after striking out for most of the offseason, finally are on the verge of a significant free-agent score.
The team has reached agreement with free-agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski on a one-year contract, according to major-league sources. The deal is pending a physical.
Pierzynski, 36, produced career-highs with 27 home runs and an .827 OPS for the Chicago White Sox last season.
His addition will allow the Rangers to use Geovany Soto as more of a backup, and help balance the team's lineup with another left-handed hitter.
The Rangers lost their best left-handed hitter, free-agent outfielder Josh Hamilton, to the Los Angeles Angels. They are on the verge of losing another of their top offensive players, free-agent catcher/first baseman Mike Napoli, to the Boston Red Sox.
Soto and right-handed reliever Joakim Soria were the Rangers' previous free-agent additions this offseason. The team missed on Hamilton and right-hander Zack Grienke, and also failed to co...