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Angels trade Kevin Jepsen to Tampa Bay Rays for Matt Joyce
Angels trade Kevin Jepsen to Tampa Bay Rays for Matt Joyce

The Angels acquired Matt Joyce from the Tampa Bay Rays for veteran reliever Kevin Jepsen on Tuesday, a trade that gives them a primary designated hitter, a left-handed bat to balance a predominantly right-handed lineup, some corner outfield depth and a possible No. 2 hitter. "What we get in Matt is a commodity, a guy who has proved he can do it in the big leagues," General Manager Jerry Dipoto said. "The ability to beat up right-handed pitching the way Matt has through his career really fit us well." Joyce, 30, is a career .250 hitter with a .342 on-base percentage, .441 slugging percentage, 88 home runs and 313 runs batted in over seven seasons. He has been far...

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