A.J. Pierzynski officially signed his one-year contract with the Rangers and claims he no longer is frustrated about not being selected to last year's All-Star team by Texas manager Ron Washington.
Pierzynski, who recently had lunch with Washington and other Rangers officials, said he is excited to play for Washington and isn't upset anymore.
"It came up (at the lunch), and I made a joke of it," Pierzynski said on a conference call with reporters on Wednesday. "It was over as soon as it happened. You're disappointed as a player because you want to go to the All-Star Game and be honored that way. But when it was over, it was over."
Pierzynski said he's talked to some players who have played for Washington and has heard "nothing but praise."
Washington managed the American League All-Star team for the second straight season in 2012 but didn't have room on the roster for Pierzynski. He said at the time that it was the toughest omission.
"I know he was in a tough spot," Pierzynski said. "It wouldn't change how I feel about Ron Washington because I know what he's done in this game and where he stands. I'm over it and hopefully we can move on from that also."
Washington said Wednesday the whole episode is "old news" and that he's moving forward, claiming he is pleased to have Pierzynski on the Rangers.
"I always believed he did anything and everything he had to do to try to beat you," Washington said.