Rays first baseman Steve Pearce has been traded to the Baltimore Orioles at deadline for catching prospect Jonah Heim, per Ken Rosenthal. It came down to the wire, but it appears Pearce will be heading back to where he spent his 2013-2015 seasons, playing half his games in Baltimore.
Steve Pearce was signed prior to the 2016 as a free agent on a one year deal, making his an expiring contract. With the Rays out of contention, it was only a matter of time before the Rays tried to get something of value from a contender looking to add his bat to their lineup.
In return, the Rays acquire 21 year old prospect Jonah Heim, a catcher currently in A+ ball. Drafted in the 4th round in 2013, Heim is known for his defense, but the bat may be coming around as well. With Justin O'Conner on the DL and Chris Betts coming off Tommy John surgery and many years away from contributing, the Rays did well to add another catching prospect to a system that could use one. Heim was Baltimore's 13th ranked prospect, according to MLB.com. Here is their writeup: