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Report: Cardinals working to sign free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski

Report: Cardinals working to sign free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski Photo: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

The Cardinals, looking to upgrade at catcher after Yadier Molina's thumb injury, are working to sign veteran free agent A.J. Pierzynski, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Friday night.

The Red Sox released the 37-year-old Pierzynski earlier this month after he hit .254 with four homers and 31 RBIs in 72 games this season.

Molina is expected to be out 6-10 weeks following surgery on a torn thumb ligament. The Cardinals have been using the platoon of Tony Cruz and George Kottaras at catcher.

Pierzynski, a two-time All-Star, has 176 career home runs in 17 seasons for the Twins, Giants, White Sox, Rangers and Red Sox. He won the World Series in 2005 with Chicago.

- Chris Mascaro

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