In this breaking Red Sox rumors and news update, the Boston Red Sox announced the release of veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski on Wednesday afternoon.
Here's the team's official Twitter account with the announcement:
#RedSox today released catcher AJ Pierzynski from their roster.
— Boston Red Sox (@RedSox) July 16, 2014
The Red Sox designated Pierzynski for assignment last week (going unclaimed during the process), after he posted a .254/.286/.348 line in 274 plate appearances with the team. Brought in on a one-year, $8.25 million deal to provide power and consistency to the catching position, Pierzynski hit just four home runs in one of the least-productive hitting years of his career.
With the team sitting 10.5 games out of first in a weakened AL East heading into the second half, Pierzynski's release could signal a sea change in New England. Young Christian Vazquez will now get a look behind the plate, under the tutelage of veteran backup David Ross.
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