Pierzynski, who has spent the past six seasons with the White Sox, agreed to a two-year, $8 million contract. He'll earn $2 million in 2011 and $6 million in 2012. The contract was backloaded so the White Sox could make a stronger pitch for free agent Paul Konerko, if not another bat.
"[Konerko has] done a lot of tremendous things not only for the team but in the community, on and off the field," Pierzynski said on a conference call Friday. "It would just be unbelievable for me to look up and take the field as a White Sox and not have Paul Konerko on the field with me. It would be something that I can't even describe because we've been together for six years and he's become a really good friend of mine."
Pierzynski, 33, is coming off a three-year, $18.35 million deal with the White Sox. He batted .270 with nine home runs and 50 RBIs last season.
Doug Padilla covers the White Sox for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.