The road to repeat for the Boston Red Sox is officially underway. 2018 World Series MVP Steve Pearce is one of those players that hit the free agency market this offseason. It didn’t take long for the Red Sox to bring him back. Pearce will re-up with Boston for another season.
Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports was the first to report the news:
Source: Steve Pearce and the Boston Red sox have agreed on a one-year, $6.25M deal.
— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) November 16, 2018
Passan also added later in his tweet Nathan Eovaldi is next on the list for the Red Sox. Another World Series hero appears to be the target over Craig Kimbrel. Boston will have luxury tax concerns moving forward so keeping one instead of both is probably more realistic.
These videos will never get old:
Miiiiight be time to get those M-V-P chants going.
Steve Pearce goes yard AGAIN! pic.twitter.com/g4p96eK2ED
— FOX Sports: MLB (@MLBONFOX) October 29, 2018
— MLB (@MLB) October 29, 2018
The one-year deal worth $6.25 million seems to be a very club-friendly deal. Pearce didn’t just have a great postseason. He also had a fantastic regular season. Pearce hit .284 in 215 at bats. For Boston, it’s a perfect platoon with Pearce and Mitch Moreland. Pearce crushes left-handed pitching hitting .304 with an OBP of .400. Moreland plays against right-handed pitching. Both of them are great defensively.
Pearce was a guy who won me over. I was very upset when the Red Sox cut Hanley Ramirez. Pearce was then traded for and obviously earned his ring. Hitting moon shots all postseason long. Making incredible stretches over at first. Diving into the Astros dugout to try to catch a foul ball. There’s a lot of people in Boston that would take a bullet for Steve Pearce.
The rest of the Red Sox shopping list will likely be pitching. The bullpen needs to be restored. Joe Kelly and Craig Kimbrel both may be gone. It will be interesting to see what other tricks are up Dave Dombrowski’s sleeve.