Dec 2, 2010, 8:23 PM EST
From Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times comes word that the Blue Jays are close to an agreement with free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski.
Cowley buried the news in a story about the White Sox signing Adam Dunn, so it’s possible that he doesn’t fully trust the source that passed along the information. But a marriage between Pierzynski and the Jays would make some sense.
The 33-year-old still has a decent bat and could step in as a full-time catcher if projected Jays starter J.P Arencibia falls flat.
Pierzynski posted a .270/.300/.388 batting line in 2010 for the White Sox with nine home runs and 56 RBI over 474 at-bats. Chicago is likely to go with Ramon Castro and Tyler Flowers at catcher next season, or they could try to land free agent backstop Miguel Olivo.
UPDATE: Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com says that the rumor is false. Pierzynski is not close to a deal with the Blue Jays and the White Sox are still hoping to re-sign him.
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