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Steve Pearce | First Baseman | #28

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (33) / 4/13/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: South Carolina
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 8 (0) / PIT
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Blue Jays signed INF/OF Steve Pearce to a two-year, $12.5 million contract.
Pearce gets a nice payday after slashing .288/.374/.492 in 302 plate appearances this summer between the Rays and Orioles, while appearing defensively at first base, second base, third base, and both corner outfield spots. He carries durability issues and will turn 34 years old next April, but the guy has always mashed left-handed pitching when healthy and he brings a good amount of offensive and defensive versatility to Toronto's roster. Dec 5 - 10:38 AM

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ESPN's Buster Olney confirms the Blue Jays have signed Steve Pearce to a two-year, $12.5 million free agent contract.

Pearce has appeared in 100-plus games just once in his major league career, but he mashes left-handed pitching (.309/.411/.617 vs. lefties in 2016) and can play multiple positions defensively. It's a nice pickup at a reasonable price, and he should do very well as a platoon-type player in hitter-friendly Toronto. The agreement is only pending a physical. Pearce is coming off September surgery to repair flexor tendons in his right forearm but should be ready by Opening Day.
Dec 5 - 9:44 AM

The talks between the Blue Jays and Steve Pearce "have gained traction," per ESPN's Buster Olney.

It sounds like an agreement may be imminent. Pearce struggled to stay healthy in 2016, but he slashed .288/.374/.492 across 302 plate appearances when he was on the field and the 33-year-old fared especially well against left-handed pitching. There are definite durability concerns, but he'd fit nicely on any American League roster.
Dec 5 - 9:21 AM

According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Blue Jays are in talks with free agent Steve Pearce.

Pearce isn't very trustworthy as an everyday player, but he did slash .309/.411/.617 against left-handed pitchers in 2016. As a part-time first baseman, DH, and corner outfielder, he'd make sense for just about any American League club. Pearce did have surgery to repair flexor tendons in his right forearm in September, but it sounds like he will be ready for spring training.
Dec 5 - 7:59 AM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports the Rays have "serious interest" in signing free agent Steve Pearce.

He spent the first half of 2016 with Tampa Bay before being shipped to Baltimore at the trade deadline. Pearce hit .309 over 60 games for the Rays but slumped during his 25-game stretch with the Orioles, batting just .218 with 14 strikeouts over 60 at-bats. If he joins the Rays, Pearce would likely form a platoon with left-handed hitting Brad Miller at first base.
Nov 19 - 9:55 PM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Blue Jays have expressed interest in Steve Pearce.

According to Rosenthal, he could be a right-handed platoon partner for Justin Smoak at first base for the Jays. Pearce had a strong season offensively in 2016, slashing .288/.374/.492 with 13 homers and 35 RBI but was limited to just 264 plate appearances due to a variety of injuries.
Nov 12 - 12:55 PM

Steve Pearce underwent successful surgery to repair flexor tendons in his right forearm on Wednesday.

Pearce is done for the 2016 season and will enter free agency this fall with some major question marks. There is a recovery timetable of about 4-6 months attached with the procedure he just underwent. The veteran first baseman and corner outfielder slashed .288/.374/.492 with 13 homers and 35 RBI over 265 at-bats this season between the Rays and Orioles.
Sep 21 - 7:06 PM

Steve Pearce will undergo surgery Wednesday to repair tendons in his right forearm.

The good news is that there wasn't ligament damage, so this isn't Tommy John surgery. The expectation is that he'll be recovered in 4-6 months, so he should be ready by the time spring training rolls around. The 33-year-old will be a free agent again this winter.
Sep 19 - 4:36 PM

Orioles placed INF/OF Steve Pearce on the 60-day disabled list, retroactive to September 13, with a right flexor mass strain.

Pearce had been trying to play through his arm issue for a while but had another setback this past week. He'll undergo surgery and is expected to be sidelined for 4-6 months. Pearce, who will be a free agent over the winter, expects to be ready for spring training.
Sep 18 - 11:33 AM

Steve Pearce (wrist, forearm, elbow) will be shut down for the next 10 days.

Which means he could very well be done for the remainder of the 2016 regular season. Pearce received platelet-rich plasma treatment Wednesday for his ongoing forearm discomfort and probably won't be able to resume baseball activities until something like September 26. He's been dealing with the forearm trouble since the Orioles acquired him from the Rays at the August 1 trade deadline.
Sep 15 - 3:26 PM

Steve Pearce (wrist, forearm) received a PRP injection near his right elbow on Wednesday.

Pearce has been fighting through discomfort in his wrist and forearm dating back to early August, most recently feeling something in Monday's game against the Red Sox. The Orioles are still hoping that he will be able to contribute down the stretch, but there is no timetable for his immediate return.
Sep 14 - 5:39 PM

Steve Pearce will see Dr. David Altchek in New York for his injured right wrist.

Pearce has been bothered by wrist and forearm discomfort since the Orioles acquired him at the August 1 trade deadline and he's out of the lineup again Tuesday after making an early exit Monday. Any injury is a potential season-ender at this point.
Sep 13 - 5:59 PM

Steve Pearce (forearm) is absent from Tuesday's lineup against the Red Sox.

Pearce tweaked his forearm during a throw on Monday and is apparently still having issues. Nolan Reimold will get a start with him sidelined.
Sep 13 - 3:26 PM

Steve Pearce tweaked his right forearm during Monday's game.

Orioles manager Buck Showalter told reporters after the game that Pearce felt something on a throw from the outfield. The Orioles should have an update on his status Tuesday.
Sep 12 - 10:52 PM

Steve Pearce went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and three RBI in Sunday's win over the Yankees.

Pearce snapped a scoreless tie with his sixth-inning solo home run off CC Sabathia, then proceeded to pad that lead with a two-run single in the seventh. He was sidelined by an elbow injury for two weeks earlier this month, but looks to be past that now. In 239 at-bats between the Rays and O's this season, the veteran first baseman is slashing a smooth .301/.380/.510 with 12 homers and 33 RBI.
Aug 28 - 5:07 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2A.J. Jimenez
3Michael Ohlman
1B1Steve Pearce
2Justin Smoak
2B1Devon Travis
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Darwin Barney
3Lourdes Gurriel
3B1Josh Donaldson
2Ryan Goins
LF1Melvin Upton
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Ezequiel Carrera
3Dalton Pompey
RF1Darrell Ceciliani
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Marco Estrada
2Aaron Sanchez
3Marcus Stroman
4J.A. Happ
5Francisco Liriano
6Casey Lawrence
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Roberto Osuna
2Jason Grilli
3Joe Biagini
4Aaron Loup
5Chris Smith
6Ryan Tepera
7Matt Dermody
8Danny Barnes
9Dominic Leone
10Leonel Campos
11Jarrett Grube
12Brett Oberholtzer
13Glenn Sparkman