What the Angels Gained this Offseason
Sep 1, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays left fielder Matt Joyce (20) hits the walk off RBI single during the tenth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Tropicana Field. The Rays won 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
OF/DH Matt Joyce (30)
Team Control: 1 year
With the Josh Hamilton injury it looks like the Angels may be leaning on Joyce more than expected. At 3o-years-old Joyce will be in the final season of his contract unless the Angels extend him. He is a well balanced hitter who has produced a career OPS+ of 118, due in large part to his solid .342 OBP since 2008. Defensively we don’t expect great things but he should be continue to be capable manning the corner outfield positions and possibly some first base.
Joyce is one of the only short sided moves made this winter. With his veteran status and proven record of above average production, plenty of playing time will come his way. Albert Pujols will need some spells at first base and Scioscia has already informed Joyce to bring a first baseman’s glove to Tempe. Hamilton can’t be counted on for a full season in the field so Joyce will fill that void aplenty as well. With righties on the mound we can expect plenty of playing time split with C.J. Cron in the DH role.
It’s not out of the question that Joyce could have a great season and be extended a Qualifying offer allowing the Angels to collect a top draft pick in 2016.
2015 Fangraphs Steamer Projections –.241/.331/.391 1.1 WAR
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