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Steve Pearce | First Baseman | #28

Team: Tampa Bay Rays
Age / DOB:  (33) / 4/13/1983
Ht / Wt:  5'11" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: South Carolina
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 8 (0) / PIT
Contract: view contract details
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Steve Pearce went 2-for-4 and hit a three-run homer off Alex Wood to help the Rays beat the Dodgers 8-5 on Wednesday.
The Rays have been facing a lot of lefties lately, and Pearce has taken advantage; he's now hitting .300/.375/.520 in 50 at-bats. He'll continue to get extra playing time against righties at Logan Morrison's expense, but he's probably not going to do a whole lot with it; he's best utilized as a platoon player. May 4 - 11:15 PM

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Steve Pearce went 2-for-4 with a home run in Tuesday's loss to the Dodgers.

Drawing a start against lefty Scott Kazmir, Pearce connected for a solo home run in the fifth inning. He's been deployed sparingly this year, playing mostly against southpaws -- he's a career .263/.345/.475 hitter against pitchers of that orientation -- and has been serviceable in that role. After Tuesday's game, the 33-year-old is hitting .283/.365/.435 with two home runs in 46 at-bats.
May 3 - 10:44 PM

Steve Pearce is expected to begin seeing some starts against right-handed pitching.

He's only started versus left-handers to this point, but with Logan Morrison struggling (2-for-40, 17 strikeouts) the Rays could shake things up. Pearce isn't ripping the cover off the ball, either, with a .240/.296/.280 batting line so far, but it appears he's going to see more opportunities.
Apr 22 - 10:37 AM

Steve Pearce is starting at first base and batting cleanup for the Rays on Friday versus the White Sox.

He'll have a tough matchup against Chris Sale. The Rays also have Brandon Guyer in right field and Tim Beckham at shortstop.

Steve Pearce (calf) is expected to serve as the designated hitter on Thursday.

The Rays plan to ease Pearce back into action after his recent calf tightness. Assuming all goes well Thursday, he'll start at first base on Friday.
Mar 15 - 10:28 AM

Steve Pearce (calf) expects to return to Grapefruit League action on Thursday.

Pearce has been sidelined for about a week with mild soreness in his right calf. He fielded grounders and took batting practice Monday with no issues, so he's not far off.
Mar 15 - 9:03 AM

Steve Pearce (calf) fielded grounders and took another round of batting practice on Monday.

He should be nearing his return to Grapefruit League play. Pearce has been taking it easy for the last week or so due to some mild soreness in his right calf. He'll draw regular action this season between first base, DH, and both corner outfield spots.
Mar 14 - 11:24 AM

Steve Pearce (calf) will hit in a batting cage again on Sunday.

Pearce went down with a sore right calf several days ago, but he's feeling much better. It's unclear when he'll be ready for Grapefruit League action, but he's trending in the right direction.
Mar 13 - 10:09 AM

Steve Pearce (calf) ran on a treadmill in a pool on Friday.

Pearce has been battling a sore right calf the last few days, but he's hoping to return to game action early next week. He has plenty of time to get in some at-bats before Opening Day as long as he doesn't have a setback.
Mar 11 - 8:36 AM

Rays manager Kevin Cash said he's "not overly concerned" about Steve Pearce's calf injury.

Pearce had to be scratched from the Rays' Grapefruit League matchup with the Blue Jays on Wednesday because of tightness in his right calf, but it sounds like a minor issue. Pearce was signed to a one-year, $4.75 million free agent contract in late January and should see regular action between first base, the corner outfield, and the DH spot in 2016.
Mar 9 - 4:23 PM

Steve Pearce (calf) was scratched from Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Blue Jays.

Pearce is out with right calf tightness. He was slated to start at first base but now Logan Morrison will play there instead. Pearce is 2-for-8 this spring with a double and two RBI.
Mar 9 - 12:19 PM

Rays signed OF Steve Pearce to a one-year, $4.75 million contract.

The Rays waited to make the deal official until after they cleared a 40-man roster spot for Pearce, which was accomplished with Thursday's trade for Corey Dickerson. In Pearce, the Rays get a guy who has hit 36 homers 194 games over the past two seasons. Pearce will likely split time between a corner outfield spot and the designated hitter role for the Rays in 2016.
Jan 28 - 9:00 PM

Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports that the Rays have signed Steve Pearce to a one-year contract.

Pearce opened the offseason in search of a multi-year deal, but that kind of market never formulated for the 32-year-old first baseman and corner outfielder. He had a huge 2014 for the Orioles, but then stumbled to a .218/.289/.422 batting line in 2015. Pearce will see action at DH, first base, and both corner outfield spots with Tampa Bay. He'll carry some value in deep mixed fantasy leagues and AL-only formats, but don't expect much consistency.
Jan 21 - 1:25 PM

Comcast Mid-Atlantic's Rich Dubroff reports that Steve Pearce is looking for a two-year contract.

He surely could have gotten one had he been a free agent last winter following a breakout season. However, it remains to be seen whether he'll be able to net a multi-year pact after hitting just .218/.289/.422 in 2015. The Rangers, Indians and Tigers have been connected to Pearce this winter, and the Orioles haven't ruled out re-signing him.
Jan 4 - 5:19 PM

The Orioles haven't ruled out re-signing free agent Steve Pearce.

According to GM Dan Duquette, the possibility is "under consideration." Pearce enjoyed a breakout year in 2014 but wasn't the same last season. He still offers value as a utility player and the Orioles could probably get him for relatively cheap. The Indians have also checked in on Pearce this offseason.
Sat, Dec 12, 2015 04:41:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Hank Conger
2Curt Casali
1B1Logan Morrison
2Steve Pearce
2B1Logan Forsythe
SS1Brad Miller
2Tim Beckham
3B1Evan Longoria
LF1Desmond Jennings
CF1Kevin Kiermaier
RF1Steven Souza
2Brandon Guyer
DH1Corey Dickerson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Chris Archer
2Jake Odorizzi
3Drew Smyly
4Erasmo Ramirez
5Matt Moore
6Alex Cobb
7Chase Whitley
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Brad Boxberger
2Alex Colome
3Xavier Cedeno
4Enny Romero
5Ryan Webb
6Steve Geltz
7Dana Eveland
8Jhan Marinez