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July 9, 2014

Red Sox set to release Pierzynski

The Boston Red Sox have decided to cut ties with controversial catcher A.J. Pierzynski.

Red Sox manager John Farrell confirmed a report that Pierzynski was designated for assignment, which means the team now has 10 days to trade, release or waive him.

Because of his contract, which still has more than $4 million remaining for 2014, it is expected the Red Sox will have to release him or pay off most of the remaining money.

Pierzynski was batting .254 with four homers in 72 games. But rumors persist that his defense was a bigger issue with Red Sox pitchers.

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