MLB notebook: Red Sox release veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski

Boston Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski (right) is congratulated by second baseman Dustin Pedroia...

Boston Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski (right) is congratulated by second baseman Dustin Pedroia (15) after hitting a 3-run home run during the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays at Tropicana Field on May 24, 2014 in St. Petersburg, FL, USA. (Kim Klement/USA TODAY Sports)

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The Boston Red Sox released catcher A.J. Pierzynski on Wednesday after designating him for assignment last week.

The team was unable to trade the 37-year-old, who hit .254 with four home runs and 31 RBIs in 72 games.

Pierzynski signed with the Red Sox during the offseason to a one-year, $8.25 million contract.

"The offence wasn't there," general manager Ben Cherington said last week. "I'm not trying to be critical of him. It wasn't any lack of effort on his part. It just wasn't there. When you sign A.J. Pierzynski, that's what you're hoping: You're hoping for left-hand offence at a premium position, and we thought that was important to the team. If we got that, it would complement the team."

A two-time All-Star, Pierzynski also played for the San Francisco Giants, Minnesota Twins, Chicago White Sox and Texas Rangers.

ROYALS ADD FRASOR

Texas Rangers veteran reliever Jason Frasor was traded to the Kansas City Royals in exchange for minor-league relief pitcher Spencer Patton.

Frasor, 36, had a 3.34 ERA in 38 games with the Rangers, including 30 strikeouts in 29 1/3 innings.

Royals infielder Jimmy Paredes was designated for assignment to clear space on the 40-man roster for Frasor and right-hander Louis Coleman was optioned to Omaha.

Frasor joins a bullpen that is strong at the back with Greg Holland, second in the American League with 25 saves, and set-up man Wade Davis, but getting to the eight- and ninth-inning options can be an adventure for manager Ned Yost.

ROCKIES CLAIM PITCHER

The Chicago White Sox claimed right-handed pitcher Raul Fernandez off waivers from the Colorado Rockies and assigned him to Class A Winston-Salem, the team announced Wednesday.

Fernandez, 24, was 0-1 with a 7.00 ERA, seven saves and 20 strikeouts over 29 relief appearances in 27 innings this season with Class A Modesto in the Rockies organization. He converted seven of his eight save opportunities.

The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Fernandez spent the entire 2013 season with Class A Asheville, appearing in a career-high 35 games in relief and converting 16 saves, the third-most in the Colorado system.

Fernandez, a native of Boca Chica, Dominican Republic, spent the 2008 season as a catcher before being converted to a pitcher full-time in 2009.

BRIEFLY: The Boston Red Sox acquired left-hander Ryan Verdugo from the Kansas City Royals for cash considerations ... Philadelphia Phillies catcher Carlos Ruiz (concussion) will begin a rehab assignment Thursday at Class A Clearwater and could return to the lineup next week ... Atlanta Braves catcher Evan Gattis, dealing with a bulging thoracic disc, will begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett on Thursday ... Arizona Diamondbacks starter Bronson Arroyo underwent Tommy John surgery on Tuesday and is out for the season.


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