Just like any other sport, in baseball cuts have to be made in order to meet roster quota expectations. The Baltimore Orioles finalized their roster by officially signing Steve Pearce to a contract while sending roster hopeful Conor Jackson to the minors.
Both players were non-roster invitees vying for a permanent roster spot with the Orioles to start 2013. Pearce definitely had the upper hand when it comes to intangibles. The guy has been on the highest and lowest of roller coasters through the past season in the league. He played with three different teams in 2012 including two separate stints with the Orioles. That shows heart and character to lace up and keep pushing forward even when multiple teams effortlessly push you away.
This spring, Pearce has been one of the most impressive faces during preseason. He crushed seven home runs over the course of 26 games in Spring Training. Those seven home runs put him in a tie for fourth most in all of baseball for Spring Training 2013. He is tied with the likes of Ryan Howard and Kendry Morales who are all-star caliber players. Pearce was also tied for 2nd in total RBI with 18 to go with a splendid batting average of .340.
Pearce will likely play a role similar to the role Wilson Betemit played last season. Betemit recently went down with a knee injury and will be out for at least six weeks. Until then Pearce will see more time in the outfield and perhaps first base behind starting first baseman, Chris Davis. Last season was definitely full of surprises, and I believe that Pearce may cause some thunder with his bat and his ability to play at a variety of positions.