OAKLAND, CA – Matt Joyce, a member of Florida Southern's 2005 NCAA Division II National Championship team, has signed an $11 million, 2-year contract to play for the Oakland Athletics.
Joyce batted .242 this past season for the Pittsburgh Pirates with 13 homers and 42 runs batted in playing in 140 games. The 32-year old started 30 games in right field and is likely to platoon in the outfield and DH for the Athletics.
The former Moccasin will earn $5 million in 2017 and $6 million the following season from Oakland which has recently traded away two of their outfielders in Josh Reddick and Coco Crisp.
Oakland is Joyce's fifth major team as he begins his 10th season in the major leagues. Originally a 12th round draft pick by Detroit following his junior season in 2005, he made his major league debut on May 5, 2008 with the Tigers.
Following the 2008 season, Joyce was traded to Tampa Bay by the Tigers for Edwin Jackson. That moved marked a return home for the Seffner, Florida native and Armwood High graduate. He played six seasons for the Rays, earning a spot on the American League All-Star team in 2011, a season in which he posted career-best totals of 19 home runs and 75 runs batted in to go with his .277 average, also a career-best.
Joyce played the 2015 season for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim after being traded by the Rays for Kevin Jepsen. He then signed as a free agent with the Pirates for this past season. Following the 2016 season, Joyce was granted free agent status.
Over his nine seasons in the majors, Joyce has a .242 average with 106 homers and 376 RBI in 958 games played. He played in three postseasons for the Rays in 2010, 2011 and 2013.
In his three seasons at Florida Southern, Joyce posted a .306 average with 22 homers and 121 runs batted, and started each of his 170 games played. He was named to the NCAA Division II South Region All-Tournament Team in 2003 and to the ABCA All-South Region 2nd Team and All-Sunshine State Conference squad in 2004.