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Red Sox acquire Pearce from Blue Jays

June 29 2018 5:26 AM

The Boston Red Sox acquired utility Steve Pearce and cash considerations from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for minor-league shortstop Santiago Espinal.

Pearce was batting .291 with four home runs and 16 RBIs for the Blue Jays this season, but was hitting .306 with an .889 OPS against lefties which is presumably what the Red Sox acquired him to do.

Boston are hitting 13 points lower (.269 vs. .256) against left-handed pitchers than right-handers this season.

When Pearce plays a game for the Red Sox he will have played for all five American League East teams.

Espinal is batting .313 with seven home runs and 32 RBIs at High-A this season. He is 23 and is unranked among Boston's top 30 prospects, according to MLB Pipeline.

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