ST. LOUIS – NewsChannel 5's Frank Cusumano has learned the St. Louis Cardinals will announce Saturday the signing of A.J. Pierzynski.

Pierzynski, 37, is a two-time All-Star and was released earlier this season by the Boston Red Sox. He has a reputation of being a productive hitter, amassing more than 1,800 hits in his career.

The Cardinals will release backup catcher George Kottaras.

Pierzynski will join the team this weekend in Chicago.

Unfamiliar with Pierzynski? Check out these photos:

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