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World Series MVP Steve Pearce is staying with the Red Sox.

The journeyman first baseman agreed to a $6.25 million , one-year contract with Boston on Friday.The 35-year-old Pearce was a free agent after completing a $12.5 million, two-year deal that he got from Toronto in December 2016. He earned an additional $150,000 bonus for his selection as World Series MVP. His new deal also includes award bonuses.“We’re thrilled to have Steve back with us for another year as we think he’s a great fit for our club,” Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said in a statement. “Obviously, we all saw what kind of impact he can have on the field, especially with the postseason that he had. He also provides good depth and balance from the right side for us.”A major league nomad of 12 teams Aaron Judge Jersey , Pearce was traded to Boston in late June. He played 50 games for the Red Sox, hitting five home runs against the New York Yankees, including three on Aug. 2.He made his biggest impact in the postseason, batting .289 with four home runs and 11 RBIs. He went deep in Game 4 of the World Series and connected two more times in the Game 5 finale against the Los Angeles Dodgers. He reached base in each of his 12 postseason games.Pearce called this past season a dream.“You never know where the game will take you,” he said after Boston’s World Series victory last month. “And I’ve gone through a lot in my life or in my career to be here, and I couldn’t be more thankful.” Rob Carr/Getty ImagesThe Philadelphia Phillies are reportedly likely to be major players in the free-agent market during the upcoming offseason.According to Jon Heyman of Fancred Gleyber Torres Jersey , the Phillies are "expected to go hard" after Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper and Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Manny Machado once they hit the open market.Heyman noted that while Harper is unlikely to be traded prior to Tuesday's non-waiver deadline, the Phillies are viewed as a team that should consider making a run at him due to their reported interest in signing him during the offseason.Per ESPN'sTim Kurkjian, the Nats are exploring Harper's trade value since they trail the Phils by 5.5 games in the NL East.Machado was already moved, as the Baltimore Orioles dealt him to the Dodgers on July 18 for a package of five prospects.The 25-year-old Harper has had an up-and-down year, as he is hitting just .220 but has 25 home runs and 62 RBI.He was named an All-Star for the sixth time this season, and he won the National League MVP Award in 2015 when he slammed a career-high 42 homers.Machado Tyler Austin Jersey , 26, is in the midst of his best MLB season.The four-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove Award winner is hitting .314 with 26 home runs and 70 RBI split between the O's and Dodgers.Harper and Machado are set to become two of the most highly sought free agents in recent memory provided they don't re-sign prior to the offseason.The Phillies are ahead of schedule in their rebuild, as they own a 58-48 record, which is good for a half-game lead over the Atlanta Braves in the NL East.Due to the Milwaukee Brewers and Arizona Diamondbacks' strong records, the Phils are just percentage points ahead when it comes to a wild-card spot, however.Trading for Harper would be a significant risk since he could leave during free agency for nothing , but it is also a move that could make the Phillies true World Series contenders this offseason.If they opt against making a deal for Harper, the Phillies can still accelerate their rebuild even more and potentially become an elite team should they land Harper and/or Machado prior to the 2019 campaign.

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