GLENDALE, Ariz. -- A.J. Pierzynski said he was one phone call away from signing with the Dodgers as a free-agent catcher this past offseason. Now he has this message for White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen: he wants to play in all 162 games this season."Everyone who knows me knows I like to play every day," Pierzynski told MLB.com on Thursday prior to the White Sox workout at Camelback Ranch. "Ozzie knows he has to send me out there just to keep me from annoying him on the bench. It works both ways, but I can't say he annoys me. That's a bad thing to say. I know Ozzie won't let me play 162, but I'll play as many as he lets me." Pierzynski, beginning his 11th full season and seventh with the White Sox, is never shy of giving his opinion. He's known far and wide as the player who not only disrupts his opponents, but can also annoy his own teammates. "A.J. is a competitor and I love to go to battle with him," right-hander Jake Peavy said. "It's no secret that he enjoys getting under people's skin. Ozzie had a quote one time that if you play against him you hate him and if you play with him you hate him a little less." Guillen reiterated on Thursday that there are days when Pierzynski gets on his nerves. Forget the bench. "Sometimes I wish he wouldn't even come to the ballpark," the manager said with a laugh.
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