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Red Sox bringing Steve Pearce back on 1-year deal

Rob Bradford
November 16, 2018 - 5:42 pm

Steve Pearce and the Red Sox weren't waiting around.

The World Series MVP has agreed to a one-year deal with the Red Sox worth $6.25 million. The move firms up the Red Sox' first base spot with Pearce slated to once again share time with Mitch Moreland, who will also be on the final year of his contract in 2018.

Combined between the Blue Jays and Red Sox the 35-year-old finished 2018 hitting .284 with an .890 OPS and 11 homers. Against lefties the righty hitter thrived, batting .304. He joined the Red Sox on June 28 after being acquired for minor league infielder Santiago Espinal.

Pearce would start 11 of the Red Sox' 14 postseason games, reaching via a hit or walk in each of his 12 appearances in the playoffs.

"We’re thrilled to have Steve back with us for another year as we think he’s a great fit for our club,” said Dave Dombrowski in a team press release. "Obviously, we all saw what kind of impact he can have on the field, especially with the Postseason that he had. He also provides good depth and balance from the right side for us."

Pearce most likely represented the best option for the Red Sox, who were in need of a right-handed complement to Moreland. Most of the free agent options (Daniel Murphy, Lucas Duda, Logan Morrison and Matt Adams) hit from the left side, with switch-hitting Neil Walker not representing any kind of threat against left-handed pitching.

"I fit in with these guys. I hope to come back and defend a title with these guys next year. That’s the goal," Pearce told just before boarding the Duck Boats at the championship parade.