Blue Jays sign free agent Steve Pearce

Dec 5 2016, 6:01 pm

The Toronto Blue Jays have signed versatile free agent infielder/outfielder Steve Pearce to a two-year contract worth $12.5 million.

How versatile is he? This versatile:

The 33-year-old spent last season split between Tampa Bay and Baltimore where he hit .288 with 13 home runs and an .867 OPS in 85 games.

Pearce is a 10-year MLB veteran, having played for the Rays, Orioles, Yankees, Astros, and Pirates. His career-best season came in 2014 when he hit for an average of .293 and 21 home runs.

Pearce does capably against right handed pitchers and has a 1.028 OPS against lefties.

By all accounts, this looks like a solid signing for the Jays, but of course it leads to the question: what does this mean for Edwin Encarnacion?

We may soon find out.

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