The 35 year old saw a significant amount of playing time for the Phillies last season, earning 439 plate appearances after joining the team on a minor league contract prior to the season. He’d bat .307/.351/.371 on the year, adding 37 stolen bases and proving reliable defensively. Over his 13 year Major League career he’s hit a combined .297/.346/.363 in 7,950 plate appearances, with 591 stolen bases. From 2003-2005 Pierre was entrenched as the Marlins center fielder, perhaps the best stretch of his career. He hit a collective .303/.354/.378 during that span. He led the league with 63 stolen bases in 2003, finishing 10th in NL MVP voting, and with 221 hits in 2004.
As Axisa points out, bringing Pierre aboard could be an effort to address the lack of a top-of-the-order hitter on the lineup after this week’s trade of Jose Reyes and Emilio Bonifacio to Toronto. Pierre has spent the better part of his career hitting out of the leadoff spot and proved this past season that there is still something left in the tank on the base paths.