World Series MVP Steve Pearce is returning to the Red Sox.
Pearce, 35, who hit three home runs in the World Series, including two in series-clinching Game 5, has agreed to a one-year contract, the Red Sox announced Friday.
The deal is worth $6.25 million, NBC Sports Boston Red Sox Insider Evan Drellich confirms. That's the same salary Pearce made last season in the final year of a two-year deal he signed with Toronto before the 2017 season.
“We’re thrilled to have Steve back with us for another year as we think he’s a great fit for our club,” Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said in a team press release. “Obviously, we all saw what kind of impact he can have on the field, especially with the postseason that he had. He also provides good depth and balance from the right side for us.”
Pearce split the regular season between the Blue Jays and Red Sox, combining to hit .284 (61-for-215) with an .890 OPS, 11 home runs, and 42 RBI in 76 games.
Pearce started 11 of the Red Sox’ 14 postseason games, all at first base. He reached base via hit or walk in each of his 12 playoff games, batting .289 (11-for-38) with four home runs, 11 RBI, a 1.083 OPS, nine walks and eight strikeouts. After homering in Game 4 of the World Series at Dodger Stadium and adding two home runs in Game 5, Pearce was named the Series MVP. In the Fall Classic, each of his four hits went for extra bases, as he posted a .500 on-base percentage with eight RBI against the Dodgers.
In the regular season, he made 28 starts at first base, 19 at designated hitter, seven in left field, and two in right field. Acquired from Toronto with cash considerations on June 28, Pearce appeared in 50 games with Boston, batting .279 (38-for-136) with a .394 on-base percentage.
Against left-handed pitchers in 2018, Pearce batted .304 (31-for-102) with a .400 on-base percentage and .559 slugging percentage. He hit five of his regular-season home runs against the Yankees, including three on Aug. 2.
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