It was a most interesting two days for the Orioles. First, they acquired left-handed pitcher Wade Miley from the Seattle Mariners on Sunday night then moments before the 4 p.m. deadline for nonwaiver deals, they brought back one of the more popular Orioles of recent years, Steve Pearce.
The acquisition of Steve Pearce from the Tampa Bay Rays for minor league catcher Jonah Heim gives the Orioles a solid bat—especially with outfielder Joey Rickard on the disabled list.
Pearce had a terrific 2014, hitting .293 with 21 home runs, but failed to follow it up in 2015, and while some in the Orioles hierarchy wanted to re-sign him, others didn’t, and he went off to the Rays on a one-year, $4.75 million contract.
He’s had a good year with Tampa Bay, hitting .309 with 10 home runs and 29 RBIs.
“Steve Pearce is a proven versatile player who gives our club more punch and stronger defense whenever he is in the lineup and a stronger bench when he is not,” Orioles Executive Vice President Dan Duquette wrote in a text message.
Miley will be the Orioles’ left-handed starter. They have gotten a single start from a left-hander this season, and while he has a relatively hefty price tag for a pitcher with a 56-54 lifetime record and a 4.07 ERA, he is under club control for next year.
The 29-year-old has a $6,167,000 contract for the rest of this season and a $8,917,000 contract for 2017. Miley also has a $12 million option for 2018.
Acquiring Miley and Pearce fills two of the Orioles main needs. They also would like to add a left-handed reliever, and can do that provided their target clear waivers.
Duquette has added several players in August. In 2012, he picked up pitcher Joe Saunders from Arizona, and he won that season’s Wild Card game.
In 2013, the Orioles added Michael Morse in August, and in 2014 outfielder Alejandro De Aza and infielder Kelly Johnson were late additions.
The Orioles will have to cut two players on Tuesday to make room for Miley and Pearce.
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