The Boston Red Sox utility player, Steve Pearce, was named the most valuable player in the 2018 World Series.
In addition to winning the MVP, Pearce also won his first-ever World Series championship. In game five of clinching the championship, Pearce hit two home runs with three runs batted in.
Pearce also hit a home run in game four of the World Series and had four RBI's to go along with that. Pearce proved to everyone again that he be a very reliable clutch hitter in any situation.
Through the 2018 postseason, Pearce had four home runs and eleven RBI's. He also had a .289 batting average with a .658 slugging percentage and a 1.083 OPS. Even though Pearce didn't play every game for the Red Sox, he never wasted an at-bat when he got his chance.
Pearce only had 38 plate appearances in 13 games this postseason. But, he had eleven hits with four of them being game-changing home runs. Of those 38 at-bats, Pearce also had nine walks while being driven in on one of those of base on balls.
The regular season was also a high point for Pearce when he was able to stay healthy. Pearce was only able to play in 76 games this past season because of an oblique injury. But, he did hit eleven home runs and 42 RBI's in those 76 games.
Pearce did spend the first half of the season with a team that wasn't the Red Sox. He played 26 games with the Toronto Blue Jays before he was traded to the Red Sox on June 28, 2018.
The upside for Pearce is that he just won the World Series MVP and he is a free agent this winter. He's coming off a two-year deal that paid him $6.25 million. Now, I'm not saying he'll be getting a massive six or seven-year deal.
But, he will definitely get a raise in pay and will sign for enough years that he will not have to worry about signing another deal for a decent period of time. Whether that's with the Red Sox or not, only time will tell.
Regardless, any team should be interested in Pearce this winter especially because he just proved himself throughout the entire postseason.