Red Sox president of baseball ops Dave Dombrowski announced after the team’s 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Thursday night that they have acquired first baseman/outfielder Steve Pearce from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Single-A infielder Santiago Espinal.
Dombrowski noted the right-handed Pearce’s effectiveness against left-handed pitching as a reason for his acquisition. He’s batting .306 with an .889 OPS in 49 at-bats against lefties in 2018, and holds an .840 OPS against southpaws in his career.
Pearce is no stranger to the American League East, as he will now be able to say he’s played for all five teams. He’s played 291 career games for the Baltimore Orioles, 118 for the Blue Jays, 60 for the Tampa Bay Rays, and 12 for the New York Yankees.
According to the Boston Globe’s Alex Speier, Pearce has faced Yankees lefty C.C. Sabathia more than any other pitcher in his career. Sabathia starts against the Red Sox in the series opener on Friday, so you can reasonably expect Pearce to be in the lineup.
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