Will A.J. Pierzynski give way to young catchers?
The Red Sox elected to let starting catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia walk, and they signed A.J. Pierzynski (pictured) to a one-year deal to fill his role. Pierzynski will share time with veteran David Ross, but waiting in the wings are catching prospects Blake Swihart and Christian Vazquez. Swihart was taken by the Red Sox with the 26th overall pick in the 2011 draft. He spent all of 2013 with High A Salem, where he hit .298 with 29 doubles, 7 triples, 2 home runs, and 42 RBIs in 103 games. The 23-year-old Vazquez is more of a defensive specialist. He was named MVP of the Portland Sea Dogs in 2013 after leading the team with a .289 average.