Steve Pearce, who has played for all five American League East teams, including the Orioles, is named World Series MVP after helping the Boston Red Sox defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 2018 World Series.
As of 12:01 a.m. Saturday morning, free agents could begin signing with clubs besides the ones they played for in 2015. That means the Orioles' six free agents — Wei-Yin Chen, Chris Davis, Gerardo Parra, Steve Pearce, Darren O'Day and Matt Wieters — can all begin testing their free-agent value elsewhere. Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette has said the club will have the resources to add players via free agency.
When the Houston Astros beat the Seattle Mariners early Tuesday morning, the Orioles' pursuit of the 2015 playoffs officially ended after weeks of sputtering and hoping. With that elimination comes the reality that this Orioles club likely will undergo drastic changes in the next few months.
There's no question in Steve Pearce's mind what his career highlight has been so far: Picking up Ryan Goins' grounder in the top of the ninth on Sept. 16, 2014, running to first to step on the bag and then throwing his hands up in the air as Camden Yards roared.
The Orioles made a flurry of roster moves on Monday afternoon before their Thursday¿s series opener against the Kansas City Royals, among them designating veteran outfielder Nolan Reimold for assignment.
Infielder/outfielder Steve Pearce began his rehab assignment Thursday, starting at designated hitter for the Gulf Coast League Orioles in Sarasota, Fla. Pearce, who has been on the disabled list since July 22 with an strained left oblique, went 1-for-4 with a strikeout from the leadoff spot.
Catcher Matt Wieters (right hamstring) ran the bases Monday and reported no problems. Assuming he is pain-free Tuesday, he could play against the New York Mets, either at catcher or designated hitter. He hasn't played since leaving against the Seattle Mariners on Aug. 11 with the strain.