Close-up look at team helped sell A.J. Pierzynski on joining Red Sox

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A.J. Pierzynski was hired by Fox to provide analysis during the postseason, a position that gave him a close-up view of the Red Sox and their run to the World Series title.

The veteran catcher, about to become a free agent, used the opportunity to check out the Sox as possible landing spot. He was impressed with what he saw.

“As a member of the media you learn a lot and you get to see a lot more than you do as a player,” Pierzynski said Wednesday during a conference call.

How the Red Sox prepared for games and the attitude within the clubhouse left an impression. That helped convince him to sign a one-year deal with the Sox for $8.25 million.

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