The Baltimore Orioles acquired OF Steve Pearce from the Tampa Bay Rays in a trade to reinforce their offense heading into the playoff race.
The Orioles sent 21-year old minor league catcher Jonah Heim to the Rays for Pearce.
Pearce was a member of the team in 2012 when the O's got him from the New York Yankees for cash. After a short stint with the team, he was designated for assignment and bounced around to the Houston Astros and Yankees before being claimed off wavers by the Orioles in September of 2012.
Pearce put up career highs in HRs, RBIs, hits, doubles and walks in 2014 and batted .293. He struggled in 2015, hitting only .218 in 92 games and the Orioles chose not to re-sign him. The Rays signed Pearce to a one-year deal in January of 2016 where he was used as a designated hitter most of the time. He is currently hitting .309 with 10 HRs and 29 RBIs in 60 games.
The Orioles will likely use Steve as their designated hitter against left-handed pitchers. He could also play first base and the outfield to give Chris Davis and Mark Trumbo rest or relief in the field.
The team also recently acquired starting pitcher Wade Miley from the Seattle Mariners for a minor league pitcher. Miley will be the team's only left-handed starter and will hopefully help the team's 26th ranked starter ERA. He is 7-8 with a 4.98 ERA so far in 2016.
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