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Red Sox get veteran Steve Pearce from Blue Jays

Toronto Blue Jays' Steve Pearce, second from left, celebrates at the dugout after his three-run home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, June 23, 2018. (Chris Carlson / AP)
Toronto Blue Jays' Steve Pearce, second from left, celebrates at the dugout after his three-run home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the ninth inning of a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday, June 23, 2018. (Chris Carlson / AP)

BOSTON – The Boston Red Sox acquired veteran first baseman/outfielder Steve Pearce in a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays on Thursday night.

Dave Dombrowski, the Red Sox president of baseball operations, announced the deal after Boston’s 4-2 win over the Los Angeles Angels.

Boston sent minor league infielder Santiago Espinal to Toronto.

Pearce’s cost to the Sox will be $1.5 million. The Blue Jays will give Boston $1,658,602 to cover part of the $3,158,602 remaining in the $6.25 million salary of Pearce, who can become a free agent after the World Series.

The 35-year-old has hit .291 with four home runs and 16 RBIs in 26 games for Toronto this season. Pearce has a career average of .255 and 83 career home runs and 268 RBIs. Boston manager Alex Cora said the Red Sox are adding a strong batter they can use against left-handed pitching.

“It’s one more weapon that we have. We got better tonight,” Cora said. “It’s good to have him.”


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