The first real move of Boston’s offseason is in the books, and with it the Red Sox have brought back the World Series MVP. Steve Pearce is staying in Boston for another go at it, as he and the Red Sox agreed to a one-year, $6.25 million deal. Jeff Passan of Yahoo! was the first to report the deal, and the team later confirmed.
Source: Steve Pearce and the Boston Red sox have agreed on a one-year, $6.25M deal.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 16, 2018
This is very good news for the Red Sox, and honestly I’m a little surprised that it not only happened but happened so quickly. It seems clear to me that Pearce wasn’t joking when he said that he really wanted to stick around in Boston, because he seems like someone who could have maybe gotten a second year from someone on the open market. Grated, he will be in his age-36 season in 2019 and has never really held down a full-time role. Plus, after the slow offseason last winter it would be hard to blame any veteran who decided to take a deal while they have an offer in hand.
As far as how he fits on the roster, well, we’ll get into more detail on that front tomorrow but it’s not hard to see why the Red Sox would want to do this. Pearce, of course, was a rousing success in his half-season tenure with the team a year ago. In 165 plate appearances with Boston he hit .279/.394/.507 in the regular season before hitting .289/.426/.658 in 47 plate appearances. He also won the World Series MVP. You can see how he fits into the team’s payroll here.
Oh, and in case you were wondering, there is a bonus in his contract in case he wins another World Series MVP.