Report: Pirates, outfielder Matt Joyce agree to terms on minor league contract
February 18, 2016 11:04 AM
By Bill Brink / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
BRADENTON, Fla. — The Pirates have agreed to terms on a minor league contract with outfielder Matt Joyce, according to a report from Fox Sports this morning.
Joyce, 31, has spent eight seasons in the majors with the Detroit Tigers, Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Angels. He made the All-Star team in 2011 with the Rays when he hit .277 with 19 home runs.
Joyce hit .174 with a .564 on-base plus slugging percentage with the Angels last season after the Rays traded him for Kevin Jepsen.
Joyce bats left-handed. Gregory Polanco is the only outfielder on the 40-man roster who hits lefty. He could be a candidate to make the roster as the team’s fourth outfielder, but Sean Rodriguez can also play the corner outfield.
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