Rays Trade Steve Pearce
The Rays traded Steve Pearce back to his former home in Baltimore just before the trade deadline passed Monday.
In return for Pearce, who is a free agent after this season, the Rays received minor league switch-hitting catcher Jonah Heim. Heim was ranked as the 10th-best prospect in the Baltimore system by Baseball America in their mid-season update last month. BaseballProspectus had a positive report on him this past June citing a solid frame & mild additional projection.
Heim is considered the best defensive catcher in the system but hasn’t hit much over four seasons as he owns a career .216/.281/.320 slash line. He has spent 2016 in High A ball as a 20 year old having turned 21 a few weeks back. He missed a good chunk of time in 2015 with a foot injury while sliding into second base which has not helped his offensive development.