Red Sox acquire 1B/OF Steve Pearce
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According to multiple reports, the Boston Red Sox have acquired first basemen/outfielder Steve Pearce from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for infield prospect Santiago Espinal.
The Red Sox had been in desperate need of a right-handed bench bat and they found one in Pearce. Their woes against left-handed pitching have been well-chronicled and his career .841 OPS (.889 this year) against them should help that deficiency.
Against all pitching this season, the 35-year-old has churned a solid .291 average and .868 OPS in just 86 plate appearances for the Jays. He missed time earlier in the year dealing with an oblique injury, but has seemingly recovered from it.
He is not a defensive stalwart by any means, however, he offers Boston positional versatility. As a first basemen, he could pair with Moreland, who has struggled against southpaws his entire career, as a platoon partner. Granted, Moreland has been exceptional this season and it’s questionable if limiting him to facing just righties is ideal.
Nevertheless, Pearce provides the punchless Red Sox bench with some serious pop. He is a proven big-league hitter and Boston only had to forfeit a middling prospect for his services.
He will reportedly join the squad at some point during the weekend-series against the New York Yankees. When he does, the corresponding roster move will be made.