While financial details have not been revealed, this move may very well have breathed new life into Pearce’s professional baseball career. It may have also bolstered a belabored Baltimore franchise that recently lost Gold Glove right fielder Nick Markakis to a hand injury.
Initially drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates, Pearce is a veteran slugger who has bounced around between the major and minor leagues the past five years. The Yankees signed Pearce to a minor league contract in December 2011 after the Minnesota Twins released him.
While Pearce has tremendous upside, his major issue has been his own inconsistency from year to year. In five seasons with the Pirates, Pearce batted .232 with nine home runs and 52 RBI. Yet he also struck out 104 times in 185 games.