BALTIMORE – Steve Pearce would like to return to the Orioles in 2016. Pearce, who is one of six free agents, has been with the Orioles since 2012, and likes it here.
“We haven’t really discussed it. We’re trying to finish out this year. Of course, I’d come back. I like being here,” Pearce said. “You never know. You play out what’s going on right now and worry about it when the time comes.”
Pearce’s 2015 was much better than his 2014. Last year, he batted .293 with 21 home runs and 49 RBIs. This year, he’s hitting .218 with 14 home runs and 37 RBIs, but five of his home runs have come this month.
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“They know I can play. I haven’t played the most consistent this year. I haven’t played the way I could play,” Pearce said. “Sometimes it just happens.”
At 32, this will be Pearce’s first time as a free agent.
“It’s something I never really experienced before. It’s a different step in my career, and I’m going to have fun with it, and just it all works out for the best,” Pearce said.
Pearce has played first base, left and right field, and early this season, even filled in at second base.
“I bring value to the team. I play a bunch of positions. I’m definitely a guy that can fill a void wherever it’s needed to give guys time off,” Pearce said.
“You don’t want to work your butt off your whole career and get to be a backup. They gave me the opportunity, and I’m thankful for that. I love it here. I love the coaching staff. I love my teammates. I’d definitely love to come back, but all parties have got to come to an agreement and hope everything just works out.”
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