The New York Yankees have acquired 1B Steve Pearce from the Houston Astros in exchange for cash considerations. Why is this significant? Well, it’s probably not, but Joel Sherman of the New York Post wonders if this doesn’t indicate a larger problem with the recovery of third baseman Alex Rodriguez.
#Yankees if Pearce meant bad news on A-Rod healing: extra RH bat so McGehee plays more 3b. Told “no.” 1 thing nothing to do with other.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) August 27, 2012
The Yankees are embarking on a 22-game stretch where they expect to see a lot of left handers and having Pearce available probably gives them a better option than playing Raul Ibanez or Eric Chavez too often versus southpaws. Still, if Yankee fans are expecting much from the 29-year-old journeyman, they’ll probably be disappointed. In 599 career at bats, spread out over six seasons, Pearce has authored a .237/.309/.372 line.
Versus left handed pitching, however, Pearce has a career OPS of .831.
To take Pearce’s spot on the roster, Houston has recalled outfielder Jimmy Paredes from Triple-A Oklahoma City. To create room for Pearce, the Yankees designated minor league third baseman Brandon Laird for assignment.
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