The Baltimore Orioles designated utility man Steve Pearce for assignment back on April 22.
The 31 year old picked up only seven plate appearances during the early part of the 2014 regular season with the Orioles before he was designated. Peace and the O’s were able to avoid arbitration over the winter by agreeing on a one year contract worth about $850K.
Now according to Roch Kubatko on Twitter, the Orioles have released Pearce. Pearce had the opportunity to reject his Minor League assignment but the Orioles decided to cut him loose instead.
#Orioles announce they released Steve Pearce
— Roch Kubatko (@masnRoch) April 27, 2014
Pearce has spent time with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Houston Astros, New York Yankees and the Baltimore Orioles over the last eight seasons. The man owns a career batting line of .237/.316/.376 with 178 hits, 17 home runs and 91 RBI’s.
Any team looking to add a solid right-handed bat to either their Minor League farm system or Major League roster will more than likely pick him up within the next week or two.