Tigers finalize deal with Joe Nathan, Red Sox sign C Pierzynski to 1-year deal

The World Series champion Boston Red Sox have signed free-agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski to a one-year contract.
The lefty-hitting Pierzynski replaces Jarrod Saltalamacchia in the Boston lineup. Righty David Ross served as the backup last season but took over the job in the World Series after Saltalamacchia's throwing error helped lead to the obstruction call that gave St. Louis a victory in Game 3.
Pierzynski and Ross will both be 37 next season.
The Red Sox are hoping they can do the job until prospects Christian Vazquez and Blake Swihart are ready.
Pierzynski hit .272 with 17 homers and 70 RBIs last season with Texas. In 13-plus seasons with the Twins, Giants, White Sox and Rangers, Pierzynski is a .283 batter with 172 homers and 800 RBIs.


The Detroit Tigers have agreed to terms with free agent reliever Joe Nathan on a two-year contract with a club option for 2016, accomplishing one of their main objectives this offseason by adding one of baseball's most accomplished closers to the bullpen.
The three-time defending AL Central champions announced the deal Wednesday, two days after trading right-hander Doug Fister to Washington.
It's been a busy offseason already for Detroit, which traded slugger Prince Fielder to Texas for Ian Kinsler in a move that, coupled with the trade of Fister, gave the Tigers more financial flexibility.
Detroit's bullpen was unsettled for much of last season. Joaquin Benoit eventually performed well as the closer, but he is now a free agent. Nathan was with the Rangers last season.

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