The Atlanta Braves have brought back their veteran catcher for the 2016 season.
The team has re-signed A.J. Pierzynski to a one-year deal, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Pierzynski will make $3 million in 2016, Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports.
Pierzynski's deal includes a $1 million signing bonus and a $2 million base salary, Rosenthal reports. Pierzynski's deal also includes another $1 million in possible incentives.
Rosenthal notes that Pierzynksi turned down more money from other clubs to re-sign with Atlanta. He spends his Spring Training at his home in Orlando.
The two-time All-Star Pierzynski had a nice season with the Braves in 2015, with his bat being the best it had been since the 2012 season. He joined the club on a one-year, $2 million deal last offseason and played well enough to warrant a second season.
The Braves have had plenty of issues in finding a replacement long-term at catcher, which has kept Pierzynzki in the starting job. Twenty-four-year-old catching prospect Christian Bethancourt has not developed like the team had hoped and the club's overall organizational catching depth has been thin.
Pierzynski, 39 in December, hit .300/.339/.430 with nine home runs and 49 RBIs over 436 plate appearances last season. According to FanGraphs, he was worth 2.1 Wins Above Replacement last season and posted a 112 weighted runs created plus (wRC+).