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Steve Pearce Traded To The Orioles For Catcher Jonah Heim

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The Baltimore Orioles have received second baseman Steve Pearce from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for Catcher Jonah Heim. The Baltimore Orioles reacquired Pearce from the Rays just before the trade deadline. Steve Pearce is a second baseman but has also played first base, designated hitter and the outfield.

After spending four seasons with the Orioles the club neglected to resign Pearce after the 2015 season however, Orioles Executive Vice President of Baseball Operations Dan Duquette sent a text message stating:

“Steve Pearce is a proven versatile player who gives our club more punch and stronger defense whenever he is in the lineup and a stronger bench when he is not,”

Pearce had a very strong first half to the season and his batting line is very impressive .309 AVG / .388 OBP / .520 SLG. However, keep in mind that this is over a span of 60 games (204 At Bats). The 33-year-old Pearce has been known for his good defense and has kept that trend so far this season.

Jonah Heim has struggled offensively this year in class High-A this year however MLB Pipeline ranked him 13th in the Orioles top prospect list praising his defensive capabilities. Heim’s batting line in High A this season is .216 AVG/ .300 OBP /.344 SLG over 329 at bats.

The Tampa Bay Rays are obviously hoping that Heim’s offensive performance will improve, working with a new club’s hitting coach maybe just what the switch hitting catcher needs to turn improve his offense.