Yankees Acquire Steve Pearce (Again), DFA Brandon Laird

Per MLB Trade Rumors:

The Yankees have acquired Steve Pearce from the Astros for cash considerations, the teams announced. Pearce, who played for the Yankees’ Triple-A team earlier this year, will provide New York with a right-handed bat for the final month of the season.

Joel Sherman of the New York Post first reported that the sides were nearing a deal (Twitter link).

The Yankees have designated Brandon Laird for assignment, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports (on Twitter). The move creates roster space for Steve Pearce, who was acquired from the Astros today.

Steve Pearce has been moving around a lot this year. He started off playing for the Yankee Triple-A traveling circus, hitting an impressive .318/.419/.568, and eventually was given away to the Baltimore Orioles. He spent time in Baltimore and Houston, before completing the circle in New York. He’s a career .277/.347/.484 against left-handed pitching, and is the perfect September bench player. With Alex Rodriguez still out of the lineup, the Yankees could bat him pretty high in the order against tough left handed pitchers.

Brandon Laird finally lost his 40-man roster spot. There was a time when Laird looked like a future MLB bench player, but his career completely stalled at Triple-A. After hitting an impressive .291/.355/.523 at Double-A in 2010, Laird has managed just .256/.295/.409 in 1166 Triple-A plate appearances. He’ll stick around, but I suspect will clear waivers. Laird is still just 24, and will be given one or two more chances at Triple-A before being declared completely dead.

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E.J. Fagan been blogging about Yankee baseball since 2006. He is a Ph.D. student at University of Texas at Austin.

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