Yankees Acquire Steve Pearce

The Yankees have acquired Steve Pearce from the Astros for cash considerations, the teams announced. Pearce, who played for the Yankees' Triple-A team earlier this year, will provide New York with a right-handed bat for the final month of the season.

Pearce, 29, has a career line of .277/.347/.484 against left-handed pitching. The Giants were also eyeing him as a possible platoon bat, but they appear to have let him pass through waivers (they would have had waiver priority over all American League teams, including New York).

It's been a busy year for Pearce, who signed with the Yankees in Spring Training after being released by the Twins. The Orioles purchased Pearce from New York in June, and the Astros claimed him off of waivers the following month. 

The Astros announced that they recalled outfielder Jimmy Paredes from Triple-A Oklahoma City in a related move. Joel Sherman of the New York Post first reported that the sides were nearing a deal (Twitter link).

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  1. DerekJeterDan 3 years ago

    And there goes my comment from the previous post about this… =/

    • DerekJeterDan 3 years ago

      Anyway, this is what I said “Andruw Jones has been struggling lately and Raul Ibanez has all but 1 hit since the middle of August. Pearce was in the Yankees organization before, so I am not surprised that they still like him and will give him
      a shot. At the very least he’s a right handed bat.”

      • LazerTown 3 years ago

        The Yankees just found their new DH.

      • stroh 3 years ago

        I was impressed with his hustle while on the Astros. His batting average plummeted when he started overswinging, trying to hit home runs when he is probably more of a gap hitter. Played well defensively both in the outfield and first base. A good utility type player who can fill in now and then, but not someone you want to rely on for a long stretch.

  2. camerondatzker 3 years ago

    I thought that Brian Sabean wanted this guy to lead our team. he is a veteran minor leaguer. Note to Brian Sabean, Can’t you get a better Leftfielder?

    • rainyperez 3 years ago

      If he didn’t claim Pearce then he must’ve gotten someone else at least that’s what I hope.

      It wouldn’t make sense for Pearce to go all the way to the Yankees without passing through Giants.

      Or they can be calling someone up via Nady or long shot Gary Brown which I doubt.

      • mu_Zak 3 years ago

        How you figure? All the Cubs wanted to deal Reed Johnson was to get rid of Maholom and I’m incredulous Sabean couldn’t have found either a use or a 3rd team to take the P so we could’ve had a much better OFer on both sides of the ball than anyone else he’s gonna get. They missed the boat on him, never convince me otherwise even if he does get Cody Ross back. Of course Melky was still there but the signs of trouble were in the water at the deadline- if he had even caught wind of the Baggs rumor/apology he should’ve been more forthright in getting a guy like Johnson.

        • You are said the problem — Melky was there still. Melky in LF & Pence in RF meant we could only trade for a guy who could play CF. Reed Johnson can’t play CF (I could be incorrect but don’t know of him to play there)

          • mu_Zak 3 years ago

            RJ has played CF extensively in his career and still can but that’s not the point. The point is they needed a RH bat to potentially come off the bench and/or start against LHP to give rest and where Pence has struggled immensely this year (he’s hitting about .216 vs LHP). Granted originally they hadn’t traded for Pence when RJ was traded to the Braves. I just find it nieve that even if Sabean didn’t want to pursue the rumor Baggs started he should’ve been more aware that something could go down to take Melky out of the picture.

          • Haa c’mon you cannot blame Sabean for not looking into the Melky rumor. We can blame Sabean for Rowand but not following up on the Melky rumor. By accounts (Schulman & Baggs), the front office did; Baggs even issued a public apology remember? Melky just lied to everyone including teammates & front office. So if they had Melky & Pence playing regular (and no way to know Pence would be this bad), a RH bench guy who played OF would of been icing on the cake. But at the time, any position for a RH bench was key, thus the trade for Scutaro. Scutaro was the RH bench guy

          • mu_Zak 3 years ago

            You see what Cashman said? That he wasn’t surprised, that the younger Melky they had in NY was in NO WAY capable of that- from a strictly performance based angle THE GM has the RESPONSIBILITY to consider all angles. More than that Sabean knows Cashman well having worked for the Yanks. I’m not in general a Sabean basher, but i do think he was very nieve in this case.

            The bottom line in my original reply to rainyperez when he says he thinks Sabean would pass on Pearce because he’s going to get a better guy. The Giants are in the same situation as they were trying to get a C to replace Posey last year – teams are going to ask the moon – especially through the waiver wire. IMO it’s doubtful they’ll get any starter at this point. And I think they were too risky not going harder after a backup RH OFer prior to the deadline.

          • Guest 3 years ago

            Of course Cashman is going to say that — 20/20 hindsight is amazing. Did he also mention that Cabrera, at the age of 20, was up with the Yankees? That’s how much talent he showed as a kid. There are a lot more instances of players blossoming at ages 28-32 than any other age group. Bottom line, Melky has been passing tests for over a year & got caught. How come the Phillies aren’t questioning Carlos Ruiz having a career year at 34? What about the Brewers with Aramis Ramirez after he sucked two years ago? What about Mike Trout with the Angels — 20 year old kid producing this much power has never happened in 100+ yrs of baseball? You trust baseball to do the tests, and once they catch something adjust the tests to catch the next PED. That is not on Sabean

          • mu_Zak 3 years ago

            Because he was up at 20 doesn’t mean he was good- it means the Yanks could afford a kid in their LU like the Nats with Harper who’s 2nd half struggles prove he’s clean imo. The Halos felt the same thing with Trout.

            But it wouldn’t surprise me that any player was on juice if what Conte says is true- there’s something behind the fact that there’s a simple 100% certain carbon isotope test that mlb refuses to employ. None of those players you mentioned would cost more than what Melky did to the Giants though. Forget about the juice, the difference with losing him could well be the difference in the ability to win the championship. I want a GM to be able to comp that loss regardless of how it happens and let’s face it it ain’t happnin regardless.

  3. davengmusic 3 years ago

    That’s what you get for making us overpay for Jeremy Lin. Take that, New York!

  4. pennypincher 3 years ago

    Hope we paid less than the Orioles paid us back then.

    • basemonkey 3 years ago

      I would think so because there’s less games he could play in, here on out.

  5. camerondatzker 3 years ago

    Steve Pierce was playing in the minor leagues this year. I think that We need a slugger in Leftfield. I think that shortstop position with Brandon Crawford is suspect. this guy strikes out every other time at bat. As for Gregor Blanco, he is a good defensive guy but has no bat.

  6. goner 3 years ago

    I was hoping Pearce would stick in the big leagues this year, but it seems more like he’s sliding from team to team.

    • goner 3 years ago

      At least someone else was willing to give Pearce a chance

  7. DerekJeterDan 3 years ago

    Teixeira left todays game with a leg injury. Pearce will be relied on more than originally expected. Along with any of reinforcements who get called up for September.

  8. Patrick Oliver 3 years ago

    Welcome Steve!

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