Angels trade RHP Kevin Jepsen to Rays for OF Matt Joyce

Wednesday December 17th, 2014

The Los Angeles Angels traded right-handed pitcher Kevin Jepsen to the Tampa Bay Rays for outfielder Matt Joyce, the clubs announced on Tuesday. 

Jepsen has spent all seven years of his career in Los Angeles. The 30-year-old had a 2.63 ERA with 75 strikeouts in 65 innings in 2014 and has a career 3.94 ERA. 

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Joyce hit .254 with nine home runs, 52 RBI and a .349 on-base percentage last season. The 30-year-old began his career with the Detroit Tigers before being traded to the Rays after one year for Edwin Jackson.

In seven major league seasons, Joyce has a .250 average with 88 home runs and 313 RBI. The outfielder's best year came in 2011, when he hit .277 with 19 home runs and 75 RBI and was named an All-Star.

- Molly Geary

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