Rays close in on 1-year deal with Pearce

Rays close in on 1-year deal with Pearce

ST. PETERSBURG -- The Rays have reached an agreement on a one-year deal with Steve Pearce, according to a Major League source.

All that remains for the deal to get done is for Pearce to pass a physical. The club has not confirmed the deal.

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Pearce, 32, hit .218 with 15 home runs and 40 RBIs for the Orioles in 2015, but he is one year removed from a career year in 2014, when he hit .293 with 21 home runs and 49 RBIs.

Pearce will likely see time in left field, first base and at designated hitter. Given that the Rays already have plenty of left-field candidates (Desmond Jennings and Brandon Guyer), first-base candidates (James Loney and Logan Morrison) and DH candidates (Morrison, Guyer, Hank Conger and Richie Shaffer), Pearce's acquisition might be a precursor for a coming deal.

Pearce, who hails from Lakeland, Fla., has spent time in the Major Leagues with the Pirates, Orioles, Astros and Yankees. He has played the corner-outfield spots as well as first, second and third base.

While Pearce's numbers declined in 2015, he spent time on the disabled list due to an oblique strain.

Pearce has hit well at Tropicana Field, where he has a career .288 average with seven home runs, 14 RBIs and a .688 slugging percentage in 23 games.

He made $3.7 million in 2015.

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.