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A.J. Pierzynski moves on

After eight years in Chicago, A.J. Pierzynski signs a one-year, $7.5 million contract with the Texas Rangers.

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Eulogizing A.J. Pierzynski

Baseball's most-hated player used his powers of evil for good for most of his White Sox career, making an indelible stamp on the franchise in the process.

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Pierzynski, Texas Ranger

Our beloved backstop is officially gone. The catcher is dead. Long live the catcher.

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Offers A.J. Pierzynski could refuse

The first real rumors of the catcher's free agency might not be what he expected.

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Dodgers? Yankees? Nobody really knows AJ's market

Now that Russell Martin has signed for two years and $17 million, this might finally start getting A.J. Pierzynski's market rolling among catcher-hungry teams. Right now, there hasn't been much buzz around a guy who set a career high in homers with 27, which is a surprise.

Adding to the oddness: The first team that pops up isn't a team that really needs a catcher. Take it away, Jon Heyman:

A.J. Pierzynski's market is quite the mystery, and some are suggesting the Dodgers could possibly make a surprise run at the veteran free-agent catcher.

It seems like something of a long shot considering the nice season A.J. Ellis had catching for the Dodgers in 2012, and Dodgers people are indeed painting Pierzynski as a remote possibility, at best.

The Dodgers have liked Pierzynski, since he almost signed there before the Sox arranged a 15-minute deal back in 2010. But Heyman wasn't done trying to put a market together for Pierzynski, as he later tweeted:

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Flowers' second chance to take A.J.'s place

It seems like one White Sox catcher won't be returning in 2013, and the money is on the guy making more money.

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Youkilis, Liriano, Pierzynski on MLBTR Top 50 list

Over at MLB Trade Rumors, Tim Dierkes listed his top 50 free agents of the offseason with his predictions for their landing spots. Kevin Youkilis, A.J. Pierzynski and Francisco Liriano each made the cut:

27. Kevin Youkilis - Phillies. Youkilis' numbers have been trending downward, but the third base market is terrible and he could still secure a multiyear deal. The Phillies have the need, though signing both Upton and Youk would put them near their limit. The Orioles, Dodgers, and Indians are other options if the White Sox don't re-sign Youkilis.

28. Francisco Liriano - Red Sox. Liriano posted a 5.34 ERA in 2012, walking five batters per nine innings. He had the same ugly walk rate in 2011. Nonetheless, his 2006 and 2010 seasons are tantalizing, and the 29-year-old can probably be had on a one-year deal. All kinds of teams will line up to try to fix him; the Padres, Blue Jays, Cubs, Royals, and Astros seem like good fits as well.

30. A.J. Pierzynski - Rangers. Pierzynski, 36 in December, put on a surprising power display in 2012 with a career-high 27 home runs. He slugged .412 on the road, though, and that's a reasonable projection moving forward. It's difficult to picture A.J. leaving the Sox, though he nearly signed with the Dodgers during the 2010-11 offseason before owner Jerry Reinsdorf stepped in. The White Sox could give the catching job to Tyler Flowers, while Pierzynski could replace Napoli in Texas.

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Free agent outlook: A.J. Pierzynski

The longtime White Sox catcher boosted his stock with a career year at the plate. Will that be enough for other teams to warm up to him?

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