Yet another move was made by the Orioles on Saturday. They DFA’ed Bill Hall and got an older minor leaguer that seems to be doing decent in Triple-A this season, plus has some major league experience. Obviously, the Orioles need depth on the big league roster with the multitude of injuries, especially the loss of Nick Markakis (plus Nolan Reimold) … and players who could prove to be productive.
Here’s more about Pearce from the Orioles.com Brittany Ghiroli:
In the Orioles’ continuing efforts to bolster an outfield missing two starters, Baltimore acquired Steve Pearce from the New York Yankees’ organization Saturday afternoon, in exchange for cash considerations.
The 29-year-old first baseman/outfielder was eligible to opt out of his contract and elected to do so, with the cash sent to New York a very small sum that’s more of a technicality to cover his contract.
“Our people thought he has the potential to help us, [at] outfield and first base,” manager Buck Showalter said of Pearce, who was expected to join the Orioles prior to Saturday’s game. “From what I can understand gathering all the information and knowledge, they thought [Pearce] was our best option, and we thought that.”
And here’s the press release from the folks at the Baltimore Orioles:
Orioles acquire OF/1B Steve Pearce from Yankees
INF Bill Hall designated for assignment
The Orioles today announced that they have acquired OF/1B STEVE PEARCE from the New York Yankees organization in exchange for cash considerations.
Pearce, 29, was batting .321 with 15 doubles, 11 home runs, 30 RBI and a .996 OPS in 52 games for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
In 185 major league games over five seasons (2007-11) with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Pearce batted .232 with 29 doubles, three triples, nine home runs and 52 RBI.
To make room for Pearce on the major league roster, INF/OF BILL HALL was designated for assignment. In seven games for the Orioles, Hall batted .222 (2-9) with one home run, two runs scored and one RBI.