Aug 17, 2014; St. Petersburg, FL, USA; Tampa Bay Rays left fielderMatt 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 Rays have reportedly been keen to move an outfielder this offseason with Joyce being the player garnering the most interest.
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.
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.