Steve Pearce returns to Orioles after deal with Rays
BALTIMORE — The Orioles reacquired infielder-outfielder Steve Pearce from Tampa Bay on Monday, sending the Rays minor league catcher Jonah Heim.
The 33-year-old Peace played for the Orioles from 2012-15 and hit .258 with 43 homers and 116 RBIs. He signed with Tampa Bay last winter and is batting .309 this season with 10 homers and 50 RBIs.
“It’s going to make the transition a lot easier, so I couldn’t be happier where I’m going,” Pearce said at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. “It went all the way down to the very end. I was hoping to stay, but the move is made.”
Heim, 21, was a fourth-round draft pick in 2013 and hit .216 with seven homers and 30 RBIs for Class A Frederick this season.