Tampa Bay Rays Trade Matt Joyce to Los Angeles Angels


Aug 17, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays left fielder

Matt Joyce

(20) reacts after he struck out against the New York Yankees at Tropicana Field. New York Yankees defeated the Tampa Bay Rays 4-2. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Tampa Bay Rays have finally traded from their surplus of outfielders.

The team announced Tuesday they have traded Lakeland native Matt Joyce to the Los Angeles Angels for right-hander Kevin Jepsen.

The Rays have reportedly been keen to move an outfielder this offseason with Joyce being the player garnering the most interest.

The addition of Jepsen likely comes hot on the heels of the news that Rays lefty Jake McGee had arthroscopic elbow surgery on Friday and will begin the season on the disabled list.

The Rays acquired Joyce in 2008 from the Detroit Tigers for Edwin Jackson.

In 633 games with the Rays, Joyce had a slash line of .250/.342/.435 with 76 home runs and 280 RBI. In 2011 he was named an all-star.

In 2014, Joyce hit .254 with nine homers and 52 RBI in 140 games.

With Joyce now out of the fold, the Rays have Kevin Kiermaier, Desmond Jennings, Wil Myers, Brandon Guyer, David DeJesus and Mikie Mahtook as outfield options on the 40-man roster.

Jepsen has spent his entire major league career with the Angels after being a second round pick in the 2002 draft.

The 30-year-old is 13-18 in seven big league seasons with a 3.94 ERA. In 2014, he threw a career high 65 innings while going 0-2 with a 2.63 ERA and two saves.

Jepsen will now join a Rays bullpen that also features Grant Balfour, Brad Boxberger as well as the newly acquired Ernesto Frieri and Jose Dominguez. Brandon Gomes, Jeff Beliveau and C.J. Riefenhauser are also competing for bullpen jobs.