Outfielder Matt Joyce agrees to $11M, 2-year deal with A's
FILE - In this Aug. 25, 2016, file photo, Pittsburgh Pirates' Matt Joyce warms up before a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers,in Milwaukee. The Oakland Athletics have found their potential new right fielder, agreeing to terms with Matt Joyce on an $11 million, two-year contract Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Benny Sieu, File)
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) The Oakland Athletics have found their potential new right fielder, agreeing to terms with Matt Joyce on an $11 million, two-year contract Wednesday.
The 32-year-old has played 140 games in each of three of the last four seasons, batting .242 with 13 home runs and 42 RBIS this year for Pittsburgh. A regular pinch hitter, he started 30 games in right field.
He will earn $5 million in 2017 and $6 million the following season. Oakland dealt right fielder Josh Reddick to the Dodgers at the trade deadline and then sent Coco Crisp back to his former Cleveland club.
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Joyce will play for his fifth major league team as he begins his 10th season.
At 69-83, the A's responded from losing 10 of 11 to win their final two games at Seattle and finish with one more victory than a year ago. But they finished in fifth place and at the bottom of the AL West for the second straight season – another year of injuries and big-name departures.