Heyman: Athletics agree to two-year deal with Matt Joyce

May 4, 2016: Pittsburgh Pirates Outfield Matt Joyce (17) [5703] gets ready to hit before smashing a homer in the seventh inning during the Pittsburgh Pirates game versus the Chicago Cubs at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA. (Photo by Shelley Lipton/Icon Sportswire)
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Veteran outfielder Matt Joyce has come to terms with the Oakland Athletics on a two-year, $11 million contract, FanRag Sports has confirmed following an initial report from FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.

He’ll receive $5 million in 2017 and a slight raise to $6 million in 2018.

Joyce now joins his fifth big league club, previously suiting up for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Detroit Tigers, Tampa Bay Rays and Los Angeles Angels. The 32-year-old spent the majority of his nine-year major league career as a member of the Rays from 2009-2014.

Appearing in 140 games in what was his lone season in Pittsburgh, Joyce became a large part of the Pirates’ outfield despite the presence of Starling Marte, Gregory Polanco and Andrew McCutchen. While appearing in more than 140 regular season games just once in his career (141 back in 2011), the veteran outfielder batted .242 with 13 home runs and 42 RBI to accompany his .403 on-base percentage.

While making 140 appearances for the Pirates, Joyce was often used as a late-game or defensive replacement en route to receiving just 231 at-bats in 2016.

He now joins an Athletics’ outfield that saw Josh Reddick, Coco Crisp, Billy Burns and Chris Coghlan all depart midway through the season last year. As a result, Joyce will likely become a staple of the 2017 Athletics’ lineup.

Last season, the Athletics finished the cellar of the American League West with a disappointing 69-93 record.

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