Jarrod Saltalamacchia’s tenure with the Boston Red Sox comes to an end with the team signing free-agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski.
The one-year deal is for $8.25 million and is pending a physical, according to what online sports betting experts have learned.
Boston never went beyond two years in their offer to Saltalamacchia. He is now seeking at least three years and hoping to strike a deal within the next few days.
Pierzynski has an impressive curriculum under his arm, playing in at least 125 games in each season since 2002, has hit a total of 44 home runs in the past two seasons (27 with the Chicago White Sox in 2012, 17 with the Texas Rangers last season), and threw out 33 percent of the runners who attempted to steal on him with the Rangers, his highest percentage in more than a decade.
YouWager bettors can agree that Saltalamacchia was the better offensive catcher in 2013, his .804 OPS more than 80 points higher than Pierzynski’s (.722).
The New York native and left-hander Pierzynski will complement right-handed-hitting David Ross behind the plate for Boston. The short-term deal would seem to be an indication that the team thinks catching prospects Christian Vazquez and Blake Swihart might be ready for the MLB sooner than later.