Jul 2, 2012; Seattle, WA, USA; Baltimore Orioles first baseman Steve Pearce (51) waits for the pitch during the game against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. Seattle defeated Baltimore 6-3. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE
With the Baltimore Orioles acquiring Omar Quintanilla from the New York Mets, the team needed to open up a spot on the 25-man roster and have designated Steve Pearce for assignment, reports Dan Connolly of the Baltimore Sun.
Steve Pearce has been designated— Dan Connolly (@danconnollysun) July 21, 2012
Pearce hasn't played much at the big league level, so the move does make sense on that end. But, Pearce and Orioles manager Buck Showalter are both hoping the 29-year-old remains with the organization. If a team claims him off waivers, though, that will not happen.
Pearce says if he isn't traded and clears waivers he'd like to stay w Orioles org. "definitely. I see myself as part of this team."— Dan Connolly (@danconnollysun) July 21, 2012
Buck Showalter said he hopes Pearce stays in the organization: "I hope it is ‘See you later' and not ‘Goodbye' with Stevie."— Dan Connolly (@danconnollysun) July 21, 2012
Pearce hit .254/.321/.437 in 83 plate appearances for the Orioles this season with 3 home runs and 4 doubles.
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