Steve Pearce is a World Series MVP. And now, he’s staying put. Per Yahoo’s Jeff Passan, he’s sticking with the Red Sox on a one-year deal.
Source: Steve Pearce and the Boston Red sox have agreed on a one-year, $6.25M deal.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 16, 2018
From Boston’s standpoint, this probably isn’t too much of a surprise. After all, Pearce really did claim World Series MVP honors this past season. But more than that, he hit wonderfully in a Boston uniform. In 165 regular-season plate appearances with the Red Sox, he hit .279/.394/.507 with eight doubles and seven home runs. Then after not getting a hit through three World Series games, Pearce would collect four over his next two.
And they weren’t just four measly singles, no. Instead, three of the four went for home runs. The other? A game-breaking double. In Games 4 and 5, Pearce drove in seven runs while walking once. There’s a reason he took home MVP honors, baseball fans. Now he’s back in Boston, and GM Dave Dombrowski is very happy about it.
“We’re thrilled to have Steve back with us for another year as we think he’s a great fit for our club,” Dombrowski told reporters Friday afternoon. “Obviously, we all saw what kind of impact he can have on the field, especially with the postseason that he had. He also provides good depth and balance from the right side for us.”
Pearce isn’t going to be an every-day guy next season obviously. That’s not his role. Still, staying with the Red Sox is a win. Now it’s time for all them to build on their World Series triumph.
Is it too early to talk repeat?