If the White Sox want to trade catcher A.J. Pierzynski before he can veto a deal, they reportedly have an interested suitor — the Rangers.
Texas has inquired about Pierzynski as it looks to shore up its catching situation, the Chicago Tribune’s Mark Gonzales reports. Gonzales adds that the White Sox are listening.
Pierzynski, 33, will gain no-trade rights next month when he reaches 10 years of major league service time. He has spent the past five-plus seasons with the Sox.
Gonzales says the Rangers’ ownership situation complicates a possible trade; the team is still in the process of being sold, so it’s unclear how much of Pierzynski’s remaining salary Texas is willing to take. Pierzynski is due to make at least $6.25 million this season. He also can become a free agent in the offseason.
Chicago has an internal replacement for Pierzynski in Triple-A catcher Tyler Flowers.