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Yankees Acquire Steve Pearce from Astros; DFA Brandon Laird

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July 30, 2012: Milwaukee, WI, USA;  Houston Astros left fielder Steve Pearce (13) hits an RBI double during the eighth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park.  Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE
July 30, 2012: Milwaukee, WI, USA; Houston Astros left fielder Steve Pearce (13) hits an RBI double during the eighth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-US PRESSWIRE

The New York Yankees have acquired outfielder/first baseman Steve Pearce from the Houston Astros for cash considerations, reports Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports:

To make room on their roster for Pearce, the Yankees designated infielder Brandon Laird for assignment.

Pearce initially signed a free agent deal with the Yankees this March, and spent the first portion of the season with the club’s Triple-A affiliate. He hit at a clip of .318/.419/.568 with fifteen doubles and eleven home runs.

Pearce was then picked up by the Baltimore Orioles, and the 29-year-old went on to appear in twenty-eight games for the club. He hit .254/.321/.437 before being claimed by the Astros. Pearce then hit .254/.347/.349 over twenty-one games with Houston.

On the season, Pearce has maintained an OPS of .729, and he’s hit .237/.309/.372 over six seasons in the majors.