The latest free agent acquisition of the Tampa Bay Rays follows a familiar theme: buy low, sell high.
The Rays have agreed to terms with ex-Baltimore outfielder Steve Pearce, who struggled through his most recent season but showed upside before that.
Pearce hit only .218 last season, and his OPS and his power numbers slid. But the Rays think they can use Pearce in the outfield, at first base and as a designated hitter. Last year, Pearce’s doubles fell from 26 to 13 and his homers from 21 to 15 and his average from .293 to .218.
The Rays have often profited from bounce-back years from their players, however. Pearce should be able to share time with James Loney at first and Logan Morrison at DH.