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White Sox, A.J. Pierzynski agree on two-year extension

White Sox, Pierzynski agree to extension

CHICAGO -- The Chicago White Sox have agreed to terms on a two-year, $12.5 million contract extension with catcher A.J. Pierzynski. Pierzynski still will receive a salary of $5.85 million in 2008 as called for in the final year of the three-year contract he signed with the White Sox on December 19, 2005. Under terms of the extension, he will be paid $6.25 million each year from 2009-10.

Pierzynski, 30, is hitting .263 (124-472) with 14 home runs and 50 RBI in 136 games with the White Sox in 2007. He ranks third among American League catchers in games played and is tied for fifth in home runs. The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Pierzynski owns a current 89-game errorless streak.

Pierzynski is a career .284 (950-3,340) hitter with 85 home runs and 440 RBI over 10 major-league seasons with Minnesota (1998-2003), San Francisco and the White Sox (2005-). In three seasons with the Sox, he has batted .272 (392-1,441) with 48 home runs and 170 RBI.

Over the last seven seasons (2001-07), Pierzynski ranks fourth among major-league catchers in doubles (196), tied for fourth in extra-base hits (292), fifth in hits (914), runs scored (393) and games played (916), sixth in average (.284) and seventh in RBI (425).

Pierzynski, a two-time AL All-Star (2002 and 2006), set a White Sox record for catchers with 150 hits in 2006 and hit a career-high 18 home runs in 2005. He also set an AL record with 962 consecutive errorless chances accepted from April 18, 2005-May 19, 2006, breaking Yogi Berra's mark of 950 set between 1957-59.

Pierzynski has played on teams that have a combined .552 winning percentage (534-434) since 2002, with five of the six teams winning at least 90 games. He was a member of the White Sox 2005 World Championship club.

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