The Cleveland Indians are reportedly showing interest in free agent outfielder/first baseman/designated hitter Steve Pearce, according to Paul Hoynes. Pearce, 32, is coming off a bad year in Baltimore, but only one year removed from a 4.9 fWAR season in 2014.
However, that one great season aside (in which he slashed .293/.373/.556 with 21 home runs), Pearce has been a replacement-level outfielder in his nine years in the Majors. He fits into just about everything the Indians look to be doing this offseason. He could be an outfielder or a first baseman, and he should come extremely cheap as he is coming off that poor offensive season with the Baltimore Orioles.
Pearce does also have the splits the Indians are looking for as a platoon partner with Lonnie Chisenhall in right field. He has a career .356 wOBA against left-handed pitchers and a career .316 wOBA against righties. Perhaps the Indians think they could hide Pearce’s weakness against RHP behind Chisenhall and bring his offensive levels closer to that great 2014 season.