The strange marriage between Steve Pearce and the Orioles took another turn on Friday. Pearce was outrighted to Triple-A Norfolk, a move that was hardly a surprise.
Pearce had two stints with the Orioles, one in which he played 28 games and hit .254, and another one when he didn’t play at all.
He was obtained from the Yankees’ organization in early June, lasted into July before the team got into a roster crunch. The Orioles tried to sneak the outfielder through waivers, but Houston claimed him.
Two months later, after time with both the Astros and Yankees, the Orioles picked him up again with just five days left in the season. His wife had just given birth, and with only three games remaining in the regular season, Pearce met the team at Tampa Bay. He watched the three games on the bench and went home.
Now, the Orioles remove him from the 40-man roster, possibly because they’re about to sign someone else. Pearce will probably get invited to spring training along with fellow non-roster outfielders Lew Ford, Jason Pridie and Conor Jackson.
Jackson can also play first base as can this week’s signee, Travis Ishikawa. Pearce, Ford, Pridie, Jackson and Ishikawa all have previous major league experience.
The pitchers who the Orioles signed to minor league contracts with spring training invitations: Zach Braddock, Daniel McCutchen, Adam Russell and Daniel Schlereth all have substantial major league resumes. McCutchen could sign in Japan instead of coming to camp with the Orioles.
None of the three catchers who were invited to spring training have played in the big leagues: Jose Gil, Allan De San Miguel and Chris Robinson.