By Jason Shetler
According to FOX Sports Ken Rosenthal, the Pirates have signed outfielder Matt Joyce to a minor league deal.
Joyce made his big league debut for the Detroit Tigers in 2008. Prior to 2009, he was dealt to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for Edwin Jackson. Joyce spent six seasons with the Rays, posting a .777 OPS with an OPS+ of 118. Last offseason, he was traded to the Los Angeles Angels for Kevin Jepsen. Joyce really struggled in 2015 with the Halos, as he put up just a .564 OPS in 93 games played. Despite the poor year, Joyce has been above average offensively for most of his career. Not to mention that he could balance out the Pirates bench since it’s very right-handed heavy at the moment. The signing is a classic “low-risk/high reward”.