Yankees acquire Steve Pearce and DFA Brandon Laird

The Yankees announced this afternoon that they have re-aquired first baseman and outfielder Steve Pearce from the Astros for cash.

To make room for Pearce on the 40-man roster, the Yankees have designated third base prospect Brandon Laird for assignment, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.

Pearce started the season in the Yankees organization, but opted-out of his contract to sign a major league deal with the Orioles. He was picked up off waivers by the Astros when the O’s sent him to the minors and now has been re-acquired by the Yankees to serve as a right handed bat off the bench as a September call-up, according to Joel Sherman of the NY Post.

Laird seemed like a decent option in that role, right handed bat off the bench, but the Yankees likely preferred Pearce since Laird has proven that he is no longer a long-term option and went with the guy with major league experience.

Laird did hit .324/.364/.549 off lefties in 142 at bats this season, but his overall numbers, .254/.307/.414, do nothing to suggest that he could be a capable major leaguer. Pearce now has 234 games of major league experience and has hit a decent .277/.347/.484 against lefties in his career.

This does not mean that Laird is officially done with the Yankees. If he is unclaimed on waivers he would likely be re-assigned to the Triple-A roster. But this doesn’t bode well for his future as he would no longer be on the 40-man roster and if the Yankees don’t like him for such a limited role it’s hard to see them using him in any non-emergency role in the future.

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