ANAHEIM (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels acquired outfielder Matt Joyce from the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday in exchange for right-handed reliever Kevin Jepsen.
The Angels have big plans for Joyce, envisioning him as their primary designated hitter and possible No. 2 hitter, which would allow AL MVP Mike Trout to hit third in front of Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton. Joyce’s left-handed bat and playing experience at both corner outfield spots also should allow Hamilton to spend more games as a designated hitter.
“He gives us a lot of flexibility and makes us a deeper and more balanced team,” Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said. “We just felt like this was an opportunity for us to build a deeper and well-balanced lineup for 2015, and continue to move in such a way that we feel like we’re making the team better.”
Joyce batted .254 with nine homers and…
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