Newly signed Boston Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski said Wednesday he passed up multiyear offers to sign a one-year deal with the World Series champs because he thought it afforded him his best chance at another ring.
"It was impossible to say no," Pierzynski told reporters on a conference call to announce his deal. "In end, winning won out over everything."
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The Red Sox saw a good short-term bridge at catcher in A.J. I've won once, and once you've won, you want to try and do it again."
A two-time All-Star, Pierzynski will take over for switch-hitting Jarrod Saltalamacchia, who agreed to a three-year, $21 million deal with the Miami Marlins on Tuesday at about the same time the New York Yankees pried outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury away from their rivals with a seven-year, $153 million deal. Louis Cardinals a victory in Game 3 of the World Series.
David Ross took over full time after that, and the Red Sox went on to win the Series in six games -- their third title in 10 years. The Red Sox are hoping they can do the job until prospects Christian Vazquez and Blake Swihart are ready.
"Look, I'm just trying to fit in," Pierzynski said. I'm just a piece trying to help them win again."
Pierzynski batted .272 with 17 homers and 70 RBIs last season with Texas -- the 13th season in a row in which he's caught at least 110 games. In 13-plus seasons with the Minnesota Twins, San Francisco Giants, Chicago White Sox and Texas Rangers, Pierzynski is a .283 hitter with 172 homers and 800 RBIs. He made the All-Star Game in 2002 and '06 and won the World Series with the White Sox in '05. He has a .300 career average with five homers and 17 RBIs in the postseason.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.