The Orioles today announced that they have acquired INF/OF STEVE PEARCE from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for minor league C JONAH HEIM.
Pearce, 33, has hit .309/.388/.520 (63-for-204) with 11 doubles, one triple, 10 home runs, and 29 RBI over 60 games with the Rays this season. Over parts of four seasons with the Orioles from 2012-15, Pearce batted .258/.338/.478 with 50 doubles, one triple, 43 home runs, and 116 RBI in 266 games. He set career-highs in 2014 with 26 doubles, 21 home runs, and 49 RBI in 102 games with Baltimore. Over 544 career Major League games, Pearce has hit .255/.334/.442 with 94 doubles, six triples, 63 home runs, and 209 RBI. Pearce was originally selected by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the eighth round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft.
Heim, 21, batted .216/.300/.344 (63-for-291) with 14 doubles, one triple, seven home runs, and 30 RBI over 88 games with Class A-Advanced Frederick this season. Over 206 career minor league games, Heim hit .216/.281/.320 with 39 doubles, two triples, nine home runs, and 59 RBI.