Angels, Joyce avoid arbitration …
The Angels avoided arbitration with outfielder Matt Joyce on Monday, settling on a $4.75 million contract for the 2015 season, a source told MLB.com. The club has not confirmed.
With Joyce settled, the Angels finished with all their arbitration-eligible players, avoiding an arbitration hearing for the fourth consecutive year.
Previously, the Angels agreed with David Freese ($6.425 million), Garrett Richards ($3.2 million), Hector Santiago ($2.29 million), Fernando Salas ($1.37 million), Cesar Ramos ($1.312 million), Vinnie Pestano ($1.15 million), Collin Cowgill ($995,000) and Drew Butera ($987,500).
Joyce, heading into his final year before free agency, originally filed for $5.2 million and the Angels countered with $4.2 million.
Acquired from the Rays for reliever Kevin Jepsen on Dec. 16, Joyce has posted a .252/.341/.428 slash line while averaging 136 games the last four years. On the Angels, the 30-year-old left-handed hitter will mostly be used as a designated hitter but will also play the outfield corners.
With Josh Hamilton undergoing surgery to repair his right AC joint last week, a procedure that typically takes six to eight weeks to recover from, Joyce is expected to see extended time in left field.