Red Sox Acquire 1B/OF Steve Pearce From Toronto
Heading into their weekend showdown with the New York Yankees in the Bronx, the Boston Red Sox made a modest move to bolster their bench, Thursday night.
The Sox added first baseman/outfielder Steve Pearce and cash considerations from the Toronto Blue Jays, in exchange for minor league infielder Santiago Espinal.
Pearce has bounced around the league, over his 12 year major league career. This trip to Boston now completes his tour around the American League East, a division he has spent the last sevens season in with each team.
With a career slash line of .255/.332/.443, 89 homers and 268 RBI in 2031 at-bats, Pearce has proven to be a serviceable platoon player.
A career OPS of .840 against left handed pitchers, which is 65 points higher than his career OPS, could allow him to see some solid playing time against southpaws set up to pitch against Boston.
The Sox are facing Yankees lefty C.C. Sabathia in Game 1 of their weekend set on Friday.