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Joyce is off to an inauspicious start of his own, going 0-for-12 to start the spring slate with four strikeouts, one walk, and one run batted in over five games. At Goodyear on a non-roster invitation from his minor league deal signed during the second week of February, Joyce has a chance to fill one of the Indians’ outfield voids, but he will have to show a whole lot more at the plate in order to do so. The 34-year-old is an eleven-year veteran and a former 2011 All-Star for the Tampa Bay Rays who had spent the last two years in Oakland with the A’s. He hit a career-high 25 homers in 2017 there before he was limited to 83 games while hitting .208 a season ago.
With less than a week to go until players report to spring training, another name has come off of the market.
Free agent outfielder Matt Joyce announced via Twitter that he had signed a minor league deal with the Cleveland Indians. According to reports in the Associated Press, the deal includes an invitation to spring training and is pending a physical. If he is added to the Indians’ 40-man roster, he will receive a $1.25 million salary while in the Majors and he could earn an additional $500,000 in bonuses.
The Indians had not formally announced the signing at the time of this story.