Miscellaneous MLB hot stove news and notes from November 19th, 2018, including full details on Steve Pearce’s contract and some rumblings on the Red Sox and Astros.
Breakdown of Steve Pearce’s New Deal
According to Jon Heyman of Fancred, Steve Pearce will earn $6.25 million guaranteed in his new one-year deal with the Red Sox and could add $50,000 for an All-Star appearance, a Silver Slugger or a League Championship Series MVP. Heyman also adds that Pearce, 35, could add $100,000 for a World Series MVP.
The native of Lakeland, Florida signed a one-year contract earlier last week and hopes to continue his storied dominance with the Sox.
Swihart Heading to Spring Training
Though there’s been consistent doubt about his future, it appears as though Blake Swihart, despite being rather low on the depth chart, will be heading to Spring Training with the Boston Red Sox, reports Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald.
Swihart, 26, has a career big league slash line of .256/.314/.364 in 191 games, smashing eight career homers and notching 54 RBI. Additionally, he’s stolen 10 bases and has added 27 doubles and 85 runs scored in parts of four seasons for the Sox.
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‘Stros Make Offer to Morton
According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, the Houston Astros have made an offer to Charlie Morton, who they would “love to keep”. Nightengale adds that the offer was for a one-year deal with an option.
Morton, 35, recently pitched to an ERA of 3.13 in 167 frames for the Astros, striking out 201 while walking just 64 and adding 15 wins to his totals.
Cards Add Some Arms
The St. Louis Cardinals have signed RHP Mike Hauschild, LHP Hunter Cervenka, catcher Joe Hudson, catcher Jose Godoy, and outfielder Rangel Ravelo to minor-league deals with invitations to Spring Training. The team has also inked Tommy Layne and Williams Perez to similar MiLB deals with Spring Training invites.
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