Veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski has agreed to a one-year contract with the Atlanta Braves, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. The deal is pending a physical.

Although the veteran catcher will turn 39 in December, he didn’t show signs of slowing down. In 113 games during the 2015 season, Pierzynski posted a slash line of .300/.339/.430 and showed that he still has the ability to be an effective catcher.

For a rebuilding team looking for veteran leadership, the move to re-sign Pierzynski makes a lot of sense. As he showed his ability to still produce at a high level, he could be a big factor for the Braves in 2016, as the team looks to get back to the top of the National League East Division.

Over his 18-year career, Pierzynski has 1989 hits 1978 career games. The veteran has played for seven big league clubs, including the Minnesota Twins and the Chicago White Sox. He was a two-time All-Star, and was awarded the Silver Slugger Award in 2012.

The offseason is far from over, but this is a good signing for the Braves. With other teams interested in Pierzynski’s services, they were smart to lock up their catcher before he signed elsewhere.

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  1. Larry Cole

    I think it’s a good signing for the Bravos. You can’t really expect him to have as good of a season as last year, but he is a much better alternative to Bethancourt. And he actually turned out to be a pretty solid locker room guy and leader.

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