By: Noah Wright
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
The Red Sox have struck a deal with The Blue Jays to acquire utility man Steve Pearce in exchange for minor leaguer Santiago Espinal. After releasing Hanley Ramirez, The Red Sox could use a platoon mate for Mitch Moreland. Pearce can also provide some innings at second base if need be, but hasn’t seen an extended amount of time there since 2016.
Pearce, now 35 years of age, has had an average season last year, as he batted .252/.319/.438 with 13 homers, 37 RBI’s, and 99 wRC+ in 348 PA’s. Pearce has had a decent season this year. So far, he’s batted .291/.349/.519 with 4 homers, and 16 RBI’s, along with 137 wRC+, in a limited 86 PA’s (mainly because he missed time with an injury). His increase in production could be from a career high 43.1% hard hit rate. Pearce has also just seen time mainly at DH, the corner outfield spots, and first base. This is also Pearce’s last season under contract, and is owed a total of $6.25 million on the year. On the other end of the deal, The Jays acquire middle infield minor leaguer Santiago Espinal. The 23 year old was originally drafted by The Sox in the 10th round in 2016 amature draft. This season, Espinal has spent the entire season in High-A ball, while batting .314/.364/.478 with 7 homers and 32 RBI’s in 280 PA’s. He’s also shown good speed, as he stole 20 bags last season.
(interesting fact: With this trade, Pearce will have played with every AL East team)d