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Steve Pearce on why he didn't return to Orioles: 'You might have to ask one of those guys'

Steve Pearce on why he didn't return to Orioles: 'You might have to ask one of those guys'

If some are still wondering why the Orioles didn’t make a stronger play to retain Steve Pearce, count the first baseman/outfielder among those looking for answers.

Pearce, whose one-year, $4.75 million deal with the Tampa Bay Rays became official Thursday, spoke with Rays reporters Friday by conference call. On the call, he was asked why the Orioles didn’t push to re-sign him.

“You know, I really don’t know what happened there,” Pearce said. “It’s one of those things, you might have to ask one of those guys.”

Yes, Pearce struggled to duplicate his breakout 2014 season, hitting .218/.289/.422 with 15 homers and 40...

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