Report: Blue Jays are interested in Reddick, Pearce

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According to reports from FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi and Ken Rosenthal, the Blue Jays are interested in pursuing deals with right fielder Josh Reddick and veteran utility player Steve Pearce.

Reddick has already been drawing interest from other teams, including the Orioles, and Morosi notes that any potential deal would have to wait until Jose Bautista officially declines his qualifying offer. Reddick split his time between the Athletics and Dodgers in 2016, batting .281/.345/.405 over 439 plate appearances and tallying 10 home runs and eight stolen bases with the two clubs. If the Blue Jays manage to reach an agreement with the 30-year-old, he could help bolster the outfield corners alongside newly-signed Lourdes Gurriel.

Pearce could be considered as a right-handed platoon option with first baseman Justin Smoak, per Rosenthal’s report, though the 33-year-old also has experience at second base, DH, and left/right field after his 85-game campaign with the Rays and Orioles in 2016. While he mustered a decent offensive output, batting .288/.374/.492 with 13 homers in 302 PA, his success was stymied when he underwent forearm surgery in mid-September. He’s expected to make a full recovery by the start of the 2017 season, though any expectations the Blue Jays might have will have to be moderated until then.