Pierzynski caught 111 games with the Rangers last year, hitting .272. His OBP was only .297 and Peter Abraham of the Globe notes that he saw only 3.27 pitches per plate appearance, the lowest in the majors.
The signing is seen as a bridge to catching prospect Christian Vazquez, who hit .289/.376/.395 for Portland and is expected to start 2014 in Pawtucket. Ryan Lavarnway is also in the mix.
Michael Silverman, Herald:
Interestingly, considering the Red Sox' good-guy approach last year, Pierzynski has a reputation for not being well-liked throughout the majors. In a USA Today player poll conducted last year, Pierzynski was overwhelmingly voted the most hated player in the game. He earned 34 percent of the vote, compared to the second-place recipient, Alex Rodriguez, who garnered nine percent.The Providence Journal quotes Pierzynski's former manager in Chicago, Ozzie Guillen: "If you play against him, you hate him. If you play with him, you hate him a little less."