ARLINGTON - The Texas Rangers sign catcher A.J. Pierzynski to a 1-year contract.
The 36-year-old backstop comes from the Chicago White Sox, where he's spent the past eight seasons.
Pierzynski, a two-time All-Star, is coming off a career-year at the plate. The catcher won the Silver Slugger Award, hitting .278 with 27 home runs and 77 RBI's.
The catcher's known as much for his hitting ability as his agitation ability. Pierzynski's been in the mix of off-the-field controversy his entire career. Including calling pitcher Nick Blackburn a peice of ***t.
During a Cubs-Sox game, Pierzynski took home from third base on a sacrifice fly, knocked catcher Michael Barrett down and slapped home plate. Barrett responded by punching A.J. in the face.
Pierzynski caught Mark Buerhle's first no hitter and last year's perfect game by Phillip Humber.
He was a vote-in All-Star in 2006 after the White Sox had a campaign to "Punch A.J."