Rays ship Matt Joyce to Angels for RHP Kevin Jepsen

December 17th, 2014 by Staff

Jepsen, 30, appeared in a career-high 74 games in 2014.

(BTLS Staff) ST. PETERSBURG – The Tampa Bay Rays parted ways with outfielder Matt Joyce on Tuesday.

He was traded to the Los Angeles Angels for relief pitcher Kevin Jepsen according to a released issued by the team. Joyce, 30, grew up in the Bay area – he played for North Brandon Little League, Armwood High School and Florida Southern College.

Joyce was selected by the Detroit Tigers in the 12th round of the 2005 June amateur draft. He was traded to the Rays in December 2008 in exchanged for pitcher Edwin Jackson.

In six seasons with Tampa Bay Joyce hit .250 with 76 home runs, 280 RBIs and an on-base percentage of .342.

“Matt was an important part of this team,” said Erik Neander, the Rays Vice President of Baseball Operations. “We appreciate his many contributions to the Rays on the field and the professionalism he brought to the ballpark.”

Jepsen, a 30-year-old right-hander, had a career-best 2.63 ERA in 2014 pitching out of the Angels bullpen. He allowed 19 earned runs in 65 innings of work as he established career highs in appearances (74) and strikeouts (75).

Opponents hit just .192 against him last season.

Neander: “We’re excited about the experience Kevin brings to the bullpen and his ability to pitch in key moments of the game.”
And don’t forget, it’s only 67 days until pitcher and catchers report to Port Charlotte for Spring Training.

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