The Toronto Blue Jays have reached an agreement with utility man Steve Pearce on a two-year, $12.5 million deal, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.com. Olney had previously reported earlier this morning that the two sides were moving towards an agreement.
The 33-year-old right-handed hitter can play both corner outfield positions, as well as first base (occasionaly second base and third base, if needed) and can serve as the team's designated hitter. With the unlikely re-signings of Edwin Encarnacion and Jose Bautista, the additions of Kendrys Morales and Pearce sooth the pain financially, as only $45.5 million is owed to those two players combined.
Two of Pearce's former teams — Baltimore Orioles and Tampa Bay Rays — also showed interest in bringing him back for the 2017 season. However, the two AL East foes will now have to face Pearce regularly in division play.
In 85 games played last season with the Rays and Orioles, Pearce posted a .288/.374/.492 slash line over 302 plate appearances, along with 13 home runs, 13 doubles and 35 runs batted in. He also recorded a .371 wOBA, 136 wRC+ and a 2.0 fWAR — the second highest total of his career.null