The Texas Rangers will meet Chicago White Sox free-agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski and his agent in Arlington on Tuesday, according to two major league sources.
Levine notes that the Rangers are looking to add to their depleted offense, specifically a left-handed bat. Texas has already missed out on former players Josh Hamilton, who signed with the Los Angeles Angels, and Mike Napoli, who’s reportedly reached an agreement with the Boston Red Sox. There are few impact options left, as the top free agent pitcher available, right-hander Zack Greinke, signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers earlier this offseason.
Last season for the White Sox Pierzynski hit .278/.326/.501 with 18 doubles, four triples and 27 home runs over 479 at-bats. The 35-year-old hit more home runs last year than he did combined over 800-plus at-bats between 2010 and 2011.
Pierzynski owns a career line of .284/.324/.429 over 15 seasons at the major league level.
Beyond Pierzynski, the other possible free agent fits for Texas include switch-hitting outfielder, first baseman Nick Swisher and left-handed hitting center fielder Michael Bourn.