The Red Sox announced on Thursday night that the club acquired 1B/OF Steve Pearce from the Blue Jays in exchange for minor league infielder Santiago Espinal.
Pearce, 35, was recently recalled from Triple-A Buffalo after completing a rehab assignment. When he has played in the majors this season, he has hit .291/.349/.519 with four home runs and 16 RBI in 86 plate appearances.
Espinal, 23, hit .314/.364/.478 with seven home runs and 32 RBI in 280 plate appearances at High-A Salem. He has mostly played second base but has also played third base and shortstop.
The Red Sox signed Brandon Phillips to a minor league deal on Wednesday, so the club is clearly stocking up on infield depth.
With a ninth-inning solo home run off of Royals pitcher Jacob Barnes on Sunday, Mets first baseman Pete Alonso set a new National League rookie record for home runs in a single season. He now has 40 with 36 games left in the regular season.
Cody Bellinger, currently the home run leader with 42, hit 39 home runs in his rookie season in 2017, holding the record until today. The major league record is 52, set by the Yankees’ Aaron Judge also in 2017. Judge had broken Mark McGwire’s record of 49 hit in 1987.
Alonso went 3-for-4 with a walk, an RBI double, and three runs scored along with the homer. He’s now batting .271 with a .979 OPS with 40 homers and 95 RBI on the season.
With their 11-5 win over the Royals, the Mets improved to 64-60. They have the same exact record as the Phillies and Brewers, sitting 1.5 games out of the second Wild Card.