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Matt Joyce signs with the Oakland Athletics

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Ken Rosenthal reports that the Athletics have signed outfielder Matt Joyce to a two-year, $11 million contract, pending a physical.

Joyce had a nice bounceback year with the Pirates in 2016, hitting 13 homers and posting an .866 OPS (131 OPS+) over 293 plate appearances, primarily against righties. He’ll get the same sort of work, one suspects, as a platoon corner guy and occasional DH in Oakland.

Aaron Boone interviewed for the Yankees manager job today

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MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports that ESPN broadcaster Aaron Boone interviewed for the Yankees’ manager job today. No word as to whether he hit a big home run.

Boone, an ESPN analyst, obviously has some history with the Yankees, but he has no coaching experience at any level. Joel Sherman of the New York Post wrote earlier this week of Boone that the Yankees “are intrigued if his charisma and passion can compensate for inexperience.” I’d say the answer to that question, whenever asked and in whatever context, is always “no,” but I suppose there’s a first time for everything.

So far the Yankees have interviewed Rob Thomson, Eric Wedge and Hensley Meulens. Yesterday Brian Cashman said there was no rush to fill the job, and that the Winter Meetings are not a deadline for the team in doing so.