The Atlanta Braves and catcher A.J. Pierzynski have agreed to a one-year contract pending a physical. Pierzynski, who turns 38 next week, signed with the St. Louis Cardinals in July after being released by the Boston Red Sox.
The 17-year veteran played the first six seasons of his career with the Minnesota Twins and also played eight seasons for the Chicago White Sox. He has also played for the San Francisco Giants and Texas Rangers. He has a career batting average of .281 with 177 home runs and 837 RBIs.
Evan Gattis was Atlanta's starting catcher last season, appearing in 108 games and finishing with a .263 batting average, 22 home runs and 52 RBIs.
The Braves finished in second place in the NL East last season with a 79-83 record. The team fired general manager Frank Wren in April.
- Paul Palladino