The Pirates were granted an additional option year with Pearce.

Rob Biertempfel reports that the Pittsburgh Pirates have been granted a fourth option year for Steve Pearce, after the first baseman/right fielder spent most of the 2010 season on the 60-day disabled list.

On one hand, this is good news for the Pirates, as Pearce can be retained in AAA if he doesn't make the major league team out of Spring Training.  The Pirates have a potential logjam on the bench as far as outfield options go, with John Bowker out of options, and Pearce and Alex Presley each with options remaining.  That doesn't factor in Lastings Milledge, who could be forced to the bench if the Pirates acquire an external option for first base or right field.

On the other hand, Pearce needs to be in the majors.  I...

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