San Francisco Giants Must Target Steve Pearce this Offseason
By Jake Mastroianni
After winning the World Series MVP award and killing the Los Angeles Dodgers, the San Francisco Giants should target Steve Pearce this offseason.
The San Francisco Giants desperately need some help in the outfield, as well as depth on the bench, but most importantly they need some players who mash against the Dodgers.
Pearce is a 35-year-old journeyman in the league with 12 years of experience. He’s played for every American League East team, as well as the Houston Astros and the Pittsburgh Pirates (where he played for his first five major league seasons).
Pearce has only played in more than 100 games in a season once as he’s mainly been a role player throughout his career.
The right-handed hitter has managed to stay in the big leagues so long because of his success against left-handed pitchers.
In his career, he’s hitting .266 in 792 at-bats against lefties with 41 home runs. This past season though, he hit .304 against lefties in 102 at-bats with 5 home runs.
As you know, the Los Angeles Dodgers have a lot of left-handed starting pitchers. There is a chance they could have four left-handed starters next year if Clayton Kershaw doesn’t opt-out and they re-sign Hyun-Jin Ryu.
Rich Hill is already signed for next season, and there is a chance they move Alex Wood back to the starting rotation.
That’s more than enough reason for the San Francisco Giants to make a strong offer to Pearce in the offseason.
The price tag for him might jump up a bit considering he was just named the World Series MVP, but I still doubt he gets anything more than a one or two year deal at around $6 million a year.
If anything, the Giants should sign Pearce just to troll the Dodgers. Then at least 19 times a year the Dodger will have to be reminded of how Steve Pearce ruined their chance at a World Series in 2018.
All joking aside, if the money and years are right, signing Steve Pearce this offseason makes a lot of sense for the San Francisco Giants.