Late Friday afternoon, the Boston Red Sox announced that they had re-signed World Series MVP Steve Pearce to a one year deal worth a reported $6.25 million dollars, per Yahoo Sports.
Pearce, 35 years old, completed his tour of the American League East when he was dealt by the Toronto Blue Jays to the Red Sox in late June for a pair of minor leaguers, in what would prove to be one of the biggest steals of the season.
Pearce would hit .279 with 7 home runs with a .901 OPS across 163 regular season at-bats this year, and his switch to starting in place of an injured Mitch Moreland in early August provided a massive boost to the team, as shortly thereafter Pearce had his 3-home run game against the Yankees and played a huge role in the team’s ultra rare 4-game sweep of the Bombers, one which basically put the division out of reach for the Yanks.
Everyone knows about Pearce’s postseason heroics this year, where he hit .289 with 4 home runs with 11 RBI’s and a 1.083 OPS, with 3 of those home runs coming in the final two games of the World Series.
— Red Sox (@RedSox) October 28, 2018
This deal was perfect for both sides. Pearce seemed like he was eager to stick around for another year, and the Red Sox didn’t blow their wad and shoot for a multi-year deal. The team has at least guaranteed themselves another year of an excellent platoon first baseman and did it for a relatively low cost.
This may be a sign of things to come for the Red Sox offseason, as they are likely just trying to get the band back together for another year, in addition to bolstering some positions. You can probably expect Joe Kelly and Nate Eovaldi to get snatched up pretty soon as well, as they and the team have expressed interest in reuniting, same as the Steve Pearce scenario.
I personally, as well as many others likely, are happy that “Piss Missile” Pearce is back for one more year.
Sox in 5 in 2019.
Photo by Jae C. Hong- AP Photos