One of the many journeymen in the MLB has reportedly found a new home for the next two seasons, as Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that Matt Joyce and the Oakland Athletics are in agreement on a two-year deal worth $11 million, with the deal is currently pending a physical.
The dynamics of the deal are currently unavailable, but using a balanced format for the $11 million that Joyce will receive over the next two seasons, it appears that Joyce will receive up to $5.5 million per season. It is not clear if the deal includes an opt-out or a club option.
Joyce, age 32, was a late addition to the Pittsburgh Pirates squad in 2016, as a minor league deal in February led to a good spring. With the Pirates in 2016, Joyce played primarily in the corner outfield positions, batting to a .242/.403/.463 slash line while swatting 13 home runs and driving in 42 runners. It was the first time that Joyce had hit double digits in the home run department since his 2013 campaign with the Tampa Bay Rays.
The Oakland Athletics were in need for a right-handed outfield bat, as the trade of Josh Reddick at the trade deadline in August led to a big hole in the right field spot. Joyce will battle for the spot in Spring Training, as Max Muncy, Jake Smolinkski, and Matt Olson are also candidates for the opening.null